Friday, February 12
Suns' Booker replaces 76rs' Noel in Rising Stars Challenge
TORONTO (AP) — Phoenix Suns rookie Devin Booker has replaced injured Philadelphia player Nerlens Noel on the U.S. team roster in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.
The NBA announced the move Thursday.
Booker, the 19-year-old former Kentucky guard drafted 13th overall last year, is averaging 10.6 points and shooting 40.3 percent from 3-point range in 48 games. In 23 starts, he's averaging 15.2 points, and had a season-high 32 points against Indiana on Jan. 19.
Booker also will compete in the Three-Point Contest on Saturday.
Noel has tendinitis in his right knee.
Suns assign McRae to Bakersfield of D-League
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns assigned guard Jordan McRae to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League on Thursday, and said he will play in the D-League All-Star Game on Saturday in Toronto.
McRae signed a second 10-day contract with the Suns on Monday after initially signing Jan. 29. The 24-year-old former Tennessee player has averaged 4.8 points, 1.2 assists and 11.3 minutes in six games with the Suns.
In his last D-League game for the Delaware 87ers, he scored a league-record 61 points against Canton on Jan. 26. He averaged 23.1 points, 5.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 28 games for Delaware.
US TRAINING CAMP
Stewart participating at US women's hoop training camp
UConn senior Breanna Stewart is taking a break from her season to participate in a three-day training camp for the U.S. women's national basketball team.
Stewart, who has guided the No. 1 Huskies to an undefeated season, is the only college athlete among the 16 players competing at the camp. She helped the U.S. win gold at the 2014 World Championship.
Joining Stewart at the training sessions from Feb. 21-23 on UConn's campus are former Huskies Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Maya Moore. Three-time Olympian Tamika Catchings returns to USA Basketball after helping the team win its fifth straight gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
Former Olympians Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Angel McCoughtry will attend camp, along with WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne and Brittney Griner.
N ARIZONA-MONTANA ST
Montana State demolishes Northern Arizona 101-58
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Tyler Hall scored 29 points on 10-for-14 shooting_8 for 11 from 3_to lead Montana State to a 101-58 pummeling of Northern Arizona on Thursday night.
The Bobcats hit a school record 25 3s and were just three shy of the all-time Division I mark set by Troy in 1994 against George Mason.
Montana State finished 25 for 43 from 3-point range (58.3 percent). Montana State (11-13, 6-6 Big Sky) led 56-18 at halftime. Hall hit three-straight 3s to give Montana State a 29-8 lead with 8:19 left before halftime.
The Lumberjacks shot 4 for 23 in the first half (17.4 percent) and missed all eight 3-point attempts.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats shot 63.3 percent (19 for 30) from the field and were 15 for 23 from 3 in the first half.
Kris Yanku and Torry Johnson each scored 21 for Northern Arizona (4-19, 2-10).
Montana State outrebounded the Lumberjacks 45-21.
Chez Reavie takes the lead at Pebble Beach
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Chez Reavie enjoyed the pure weather almost as much as watching putts go in. He opened with an 8-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula to take the lead Thursday after one round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Some of the biggest stars had to settle for simply enjoying the sunshine.
Jordan Spieth struggled with his short game — typically a strength — and opened with a 71 at Spyglass Hill. Jason Day also had a 71 at Spyglass, while Bubba Watson opened with a 73.
Freddie Jacobson made five birdies in a six-hole stretch at Pebble Beach for a 7-under 65. Cameron Smith and Bronson Burgoon were at 7-under 64 at Monterey Peninsula.
Justin Rose had a 66 to join J.B. Holmes with the best score at Spyglass.