Nowitzki's strong finish leads Mavs over Bobcats
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki recovered from a rough start to score 25 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and the Mavericks kept the Charlotte Bobcats winless in Dallas with an 89-82 victory Tuesday night.
Nowitzki, who was 1 of 10 from the field in the first half, and Monta Ellis took over late after struggling most of the game. They scored the last 19 points to help the Mavericks outscore Charlotte 29-15 in the fourth.
Al Jefferson scored 19 points, and Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker had 16 apiece for the Bobcats, who are 0-10 in Dallas and 1-17 overall against the Mavericks. That's the worst record in the league for one team against another.
Stewart says Mobil 1 renews sponsorship with team
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tony Stewart says ExxonMobil has renewed its multiyear sponsorship of both the three-time NASCAR champion and Stewart-Haas Racing.
Stewart made the announcement that Mobil 1 will continue its relationship with him and his team while hosting the year-end edition of "Tony Stewart Live" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Mobil 1 will be the primary sponsor on Stewart's Chevrolet for 11 races. Stewart missed the final four months of the season with a broken leg, but is expected to return to his car at the season-opening Daytona 500 in February.
Stewart believes Mobil 1 was instrumental in Danica Patrick's historic pole-winning run for the Daytona 500, as well as Stewart and Ryan Newman qualifying in the top 10.
Swan Racing expanding to 2 Sprint Cup teams
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Swan Racing will expand to two teams in 2014 and field cars for Parker Kligerman and Cole Whitt.
The expansion is another step under new owner Brandon Davis, who pledged to stop starting and parking when he took over control of the team in late 2012.
Davis used multiple drivers in his first full season of ownership, beginning with Michael Waltrip in the Daytona 500. David Stremme drove 25 races and Swan Racing closed out the season auditioning several drivers.
Kligerman and Whitt both auditioned. Kligerman drove two races with a best finish of 18th in his Sprint Cup Series debut at Texas. Whitt drove seven races with a best finish of 27th at Dover.
Swan will move into a new 25,000-square foot shop in Statesville to accommodate the expansion.
Skinner leads Hurricanes over Capitals 4-1
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jeff Skinner had two goals and an assist, Justin Peters stopped 26 shots and the Carolina Hurricanes cruised past the Washington Capitals 4-1 Tuesday night.
Andrej Sekera and Jiri Tlusty also scored for the Hurricanes, who had lost two straight and six of eight before bouncing back to equal their most lopsided victory of the season.
Skinner's two goals and three points both tied career highs. Now in his fourth NHL season, the 21-year-old Toronto native last scored two goals in a game in January 2013, against Buffalo.
Skinner got the only goal of the first period before igniting a three-goal second period with a wrist shot from the left circle. Sekera followed with a power-play goal at 14:09 on a blast from just inside the blue line, interrupting a 3-for-42 stretch by Carolina with the extra man.
No. 10 Duke beats No. 22 Michigan 79-69
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Quinn Cook had 24 points and nine assists to help No. 10 Duke beat No. 22 Michigan 79-69 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Freshman Jabari Parker added 15 points to help the Blue Devils (7-2) regroup from last week's loss to Arizona by grinding out a tough win against the Wolverines. Duke didn't shoot the ball well early but frustrated Michigan's offense, turning away every spurt and keeping the Wolverines (5-3) at arm's length much of the game.
Andre Dawkins came in midway through the second half and hit two straight 3-pointers to finally start Duke's clinching run, helping the Blue Devils to improve to 13-2 all-time in the Challenge - by far the best record for a team in either conference - including 6-0 at famously hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Caris LeVert matched his career-high with 24 points for Michigan, though leading scorer Nik Stauskas struggled all game.
No. 20 Duke relishes worst-to-first ride
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Nobody's laughing at Duke's football program anymore.
As absurd as it might have once sounded, the 20th-ranked Blue Devils are playing No. 1 Florida State Saturday for an ACC championship and an Orange Bowl berth.
Defensive tackle Sydney Sarmiento says Duke is "not the butt of everybody's joke anymore."
Duke (10-2, 6-2) has already set a school record for victories and captured its first Coastal Division title. That's a long way from the hapless bunch that went winless four times between 1996-2007.
Coach David Cutcliffe says, "it's not an accident. It's a process."
They don't care they're 29-point underdogs to a Seminoles team on track to play for the BCS championship. Tight end Braxton Deaver says "our entire season has been based on people telling us what we can't do."
Samson scores 23, leads Elon past VMI 87-70
ELON, N.C. (AP) - Tanner Samson scored a career-high 23 points, Lucas Troutman added 21 and Elon defeated VMI 87-70 Tuesday night.
Samson scored ten straight points, including two 3-pointers as Elon (5-4) stretched its lead to 59-43 with 12:03 remaining. Samson finished with five 3-pointers and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds. Troutman was 8 of 9 from the floor.
Elon led by as many as 16 points in the first half. VMI (4-4) was able to close the gap to six early in the second half before the Phoenix went on a 12-0 run.
The Keydets shot 39 percent from the field while finishing below their average of 88 points per game. QJ Peterson, who averages 22.4 points per game, scored 14. Jordan Weethee had a team-high 15 points to lead all-five Keydet starters in double figures.
FAYETTEVILLE ST-EAST CAROLINA
East Carolina cruises past Fayetteville St 96-78
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Akeem Richmond poured in a career-high 37 points and sank a school-record 10 3-pointers to help East Carolina coast past Division-II Fayetteville State 96-78 Tuesday night.
The Pirates (7-2) shot 50 percent from the field, riding Richmond's 10-of-17 performance beyond the arc. Richmond's only field goal attempt inside the perimeter came on a made jumper early in the second half. He also hit all five of his free throws.
Three other Pirates scored in double figures including Caleb White (14), Prince Williams (12) and Paris Roberts-Campbell (11).
Fayetteville State kept the game in reach for most of the first half, pulling within two on a Travis Marcus layup at the 4:00 mark. East Carolina answered with a 12-4 run to take a 45-35 lead at the break.
The Broncos couldn't pull closer than eight the rest of the way. Torian Showers scored 18 points while Tyrrel Tate added 17.
Presbyterian rolls past UNC-Greensboro 87-66
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Jordan Downing scored a school-record 37 points and William Truss had 13 points and 13 rebounds as Presbyterian put away UNC-Greensboro 87-66 Tuesday night.
The Blue Hose (2-7) shot a blistering 63 percent from the field and led by as much as 22 during the game. Downing was 11 of 15 from the field, sank five of his six 3-point attempts and hit all 10 of his free throws. Danny Herrera contributed 18 points for Presbyterian, while Reggie Dillard had 11 with eight assists.
The Spartans (4-4) were just 24 of 68 on field goal attempts. Nicholas Paulos hit a 3-pointer to give UNC-Greensboro the lead to open the game, but Presbyterian rolled from there, using a late 11-0 surge in the first half to lead 37-18.
Paulos led the Spartans with 22 points and six 3-pointers, while Kyle Cain had 10 points and 11 boards.
NC CENTRAL-OLD DOMINION
NC Central downs Old Dominion in OT 76-69
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Alfonzo Houston scored 16 points and North Carolina Central limited Old Dominion to six points in overtime for a 76-69 win Tuesday evening.
The Eagles (6-1) used a balanced attack, putting four players in double figures. Kamaro Jawara, Jeremy Ingram and Jordan Parks all chipped in with 14 points apiece.
Old Dominion (4-4) was paced by Dimitri Batten, who scored 25 points on 11 of 19 shooting, and pulled down 10 boards.
Central built a 13-point halftime lead before the Monarchs came storming back in the second half. They used a 13-4 run - including nine by Batten - to cut the deficit to one with 7:14 left. Batten's layup with 1:35 tied the game at 63 and sent it to OT.
Five different players scored in overtime for the Eagles, highlighted by Parks' emphatic dunk with 16 seconds remaining.
NC-Wilmington runs past Campbell 69-50
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Shane Reybold scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, his first career double-double, as North Carolina-Wilmington dominated Campbell 69-50 Tuesday night.
Freddie Jackson had 11 points, and Cedrick Williams and Craig Ponder had 10 each for UNCW (6-5).
Campbell (4-4) tied the score at 7 on a Leek Leek layup at 14:42 in the first period. Reybold then made a layup that started a run for the Seahawks as they reeled off 14 unanswered points. Campbell never recovered as UNCW had a dominating 41-25 lead at the half.
Andrew Ryan's 3-point jumper with 6:01 remaining in the game closed the gap to 56-48. That was as close as the Camels could get.
The Seahawks outshot the Camels, hitting 27 of 52 field goals, compared to 21 of 58 for Campbell.
Kyre' Hamer led the Camels with 11 points.
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