Korver, Millsap lead Hawks past Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Kyle Korver scored 26 points and Paul Millsap added 23 to help the Atlanta Hawks outlast the Utah Jazz 112-110 on Monday night and snap a six-game losing streak.
Jeff Teague had 14 points and the Hawks used a late 16-4 run to end a 10-game road skid and salvage a win at the end of a gloomy six-game road trip.
The Jazz led 96-93 after Trey Burke's 3-pointer, but Korver started an 8-0 run with a 3-pointer and then a contested jumper to beat the shot clock.
Trey Burke made a layup before Millsap countered with two free throws and Korver added two of his own.
Trailing 109-100 with 26 seconds left, the Jazz made it interesting with 10 points in the last 16 seconds.
Burke scored 23 points and Marvin Williams had 18 for the Jazz, who have lost six of their last seven.
Braves' Beachy leaves early with elbow tightness
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Brandon Beachy became the second straight Atlanta starting pitcher forced to leave early, exiting the Braves' 8-1 win over Philadelphia on Monday because of tightness around his right elbow.
Beachy had been scheduled to throw four innings. He left after pitching two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and two walks.
The 27-year-old righty has been limited to 18 starts in the last two seasons while battling elbow ailments.
On Sunday, projected opening day starter Kris Medlen grabbed his right elbow and walked in the middle of the fourth against the Mets. The Braves later said he had a strained right forearm and would undergo further tests.
Jason Heyward homered on Cliff Lee's second pitch of the game, sending a drive over the fence and beyond the palm trees on the concourse at Bright House Field. It was Heyward's third homer.
Atlanta's Dan Uggla hit his first home run.
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Savannah State shuts down S. Carolina State 61-47
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Alante Fenner scored 15 points and Terel Hall had 14 as fifth-seeded Savannah State beat 12th seed South Carolina State 64-47 on Monday in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Jeremiah Hill added 10 points for Savannah State (11-6), while Jyles Smith had eight points, five assists and 13 rebounds.
Savannah State led 28-24 at halftime and was up by just five with 7 minutes left. Then the Tigers made eight free throws during a 10-0 run to lead 50-35 with 2:56 left.
South Carolina State (9-21) was led by Jalen White with 19 points and Matthew Hezekiah grabbed 11 rebounds. The Bulldogs hit just 14 of 53 shots (26.4 percent), made 15 of 25 free throws and were outrebounded 45-36.
Savannah State will play No. 4 Norfolk State on Thursday in the quarterfinals.
Auburn's Barbee enters tourney amid job questions
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn players can't escape the questions about coach Tony Barbee's job security.
Senior guard Chris Denson says the Tigers "hear it all the time, but we can't focus on that." Auburn opens the Southeastern Conference tournament Wednesday against South Carolina.
The 12th-seeded Tigers (14-15, 6-12 SEC) have doubled their league win total from last season.
Athletic director Jay Jacobs said after last season that his "expectation is for our program to show significant improvement under coach Barbee's leadership." Barbee, whose tenure has been marked by a number of transfers and dismissals, has gone 18-50 in SEC games and doesn't have a winning season.
Jacobs said Monday in a statement to The Associated Press that "as we always do, we will sit down with Tony after the season."
SWAC names Texas Southern's Murray player of year
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Texas Southern forward Aaric Murray is the Southwestern Athletic Conference player of the year.
Murray was also named defensive player of the year in voting by SWAC coaches and sports information directors released Monday.
Southern swept the other three awards. Roman Banks is coach of the year, while Tre'Lun Banks claimed freshman honors and Calvin Godfrey was named the top newcomer.
Murray led the SWAC in scoring, averaging 21.7 points and 7.7 rebounds a game. Murray also blocked a league-best 69 shots.
Roman Banks led the Jaguars to a 19-11 record, including 15-2 in SWAC games.
Trelun Banks led Southern in assists and averaged 8.6 points.
Godfrey averaged 12.9 points and 8.8 rebounds.
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