Tuesday, January 21
Ellis, Marion lead Mavericks past Cavaliers 102-97
CLEVELAND (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 22 points, Shawn Marion added 18 and the Dallas Mavericks held off a late Cleveland rally to beat the Cavaliers 102-97 on Monday.
Cleveland roared back from a 24-point deficit in the first half and trailed by three with 2.8 seconds remaining, but the Cavaliers were called for a five-second violation when Jarrett Jack failed to get the ball inbounds. Ellis put the game away with two free throws with 1.1 seconds left.
Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 26 points. Luol Deng, acquired from Chicago on Jan. 7, scored 20 points in his first home game with the Cavaliers while Anderson Varejao had 18 points with 21 rebounds.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points and DeJuan Blair added 13 for the Mavericks, who had six players in double figures.
Titans add Horton, Cioffi to defensive staff
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt's defensive staff has a Cleveland Browns flavor.
Whisenhunt continued putting together his staff Monday by announcing the hirings of defensive coordinator Ray Horton and defensive backs coach Louie Cioffi, who each filled the same roles this season in Cleveland. The Browns fired head coach Rob Chudzinski after the season.
During the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Horton was defensive coordinator and Cioffi was defensive backs coach in Arizona while Whisenhunt was the Cardinals' head coach.
The Browns ranked ninth in the NFL in total defense this season, up from 23rd in 2012.
Horton said Monday in a team release that, "I am excited about this opportunity, to be reunited with Coach Whisenhunt and to be a piece of the puzzle to move this team forward."
Browns safety T.J. Ward going to Pro Bowl
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns safety T.J. Ward has been added to the Pro Bowl roster, giving Cleveland six players at this year's game.
Ward was selected as an alternate and will replace Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, who is unable to participate because of an injury.
Ward had a solid fourth pro season and is eligible for free agency in March. He started all 16 games and finished with a career-high 129 tackles. He recorded 15 tackles for loss and had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in a win over Buffalo. He also returned a fumble for a TD against Chicago.
Ward has said he would like to re-sign with the Browns, who are still searching for a coach after firing Rob Chudzinski.
Ward joins tight end Jordan Cameron, wide receiver Josh Gordon, cornerback Joe Haden, center Alex Mack and tackle Joe Thomas in Honolulu for Sunday's game.
Nebraska upsets struggling No. 17 Ohio State 68-62
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Shavon Shields scored 18 points and Terran Petteway had 13 of his 18 in the second half to lead Nebraska to a 68-62 upset of No. 17 Ohio State on Monday night, the Buckeyes' fourth straight loss.
The Cornhuskers (9-8, 1-5 Big Ten), who ended a five-game losing streak, survived after squandering a 14-point first-half lead. They used a 16-5 run late in the second half to regain control and made 13 of their last 16 free throws to hold off the Buckeyes (15-4, 2-4).
It was Nebraska's first win in 16 games against ranked opponents and prompted the student section to pour onto the court after the final buzzer. The Buckeyes have lost four straight for the first time since 2007-08.
The Buckeyes beat Nebraska by 31 points on Jan. 4 and haven't won since.
Deverell Biggs added 11 points for the Huskers.
Aaron Craft scored 12 points, LaQuinton Ross added 11 and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 10 for the Buckeyes.
Christon scores 27, Xavier beats DePaul 84-74
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Semaj Christon dominated with 27 points, Justin Martin scored 18 and Xavier beat DePaul 84-74 Monday for its 10th win in 11 games.
The Musketeers (15-4, 5-1 Big East) led by 18 at the half behind scorching starts by Christon and Martin and hung on in the second half after DePaul pulled within seven.
Christon, who came in averaging a team-high 16.3 points, finished one shy of his career high set against Marquette on Jan. 9. He had 19 points in the first half and hit nine of 19 shots in the game, with no trouble driving to the rim.
Martin scored 14 in the first half and finished with three 3-pointers to go with seven rebounds.
Cleveland Melvin led DePaul with 25 points. Billy Garrett Jr. scored 18, but the Blue Demons (10-10, 2-5) hit just 22 of 38 free throws on the way to their second straight loss.
DePaul's Hamilton leaves game with chest injury
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — DePaul center Tommy Hamilton IV left Monday's game against Xavier because of a chest injury.
The freshman, averaging 9.4 points coming in, was injured with about nine minutes left in the first half while defending a traveling Matt Stainbrook.
Hamilton was seated on the sideline wearing warmups when the second half began.