Fuller, Vanderbilt top Cornell 66-55

Fuller, Vanderbilt top Cornell 66-55

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Kyle Fuller scored 17 points to lead Vanderbilt to a 66-55 victory over Cornell on Monday night.

Kedren Johnson added 15 points as the Commodores (5-4) staved off a second-half comeback by the Big Red (4-6).

Fuller and Johnson combined for the team's first 17 points and Vanderbilt led by as much as 19, 33-14, in the first half.

But when Johnson, Vanderbilt's leading scorer this season, went to the bench with his fourth foul 58 seconds into the second half, Cornell capitalized. The Big Red ripped off a 14-2 run and cut the deficit to 40-38 on consecutive layups from Eitan Chermerinski with 14:17 left.

Cornell missed its next five shots - all 3-pointers - and Vanderbilt responded with a 12-2 run to take an insurmountable 12-point lead.

Shonn Miller scored 13 and Chermerinski had 10 for the Big Red, who made just 18 of 60 shots (30 percent).

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Who's hot and who's not: Ice cold special teams mask good starts from Ovechkin, Sanford

Who's hot and who's not: Ice cold special teams mask good starts from Ovechkin, Sanford

Once a week this season, we’re going to take a closer look at the numbers and point out a trends that every Capital fan should know about.  


Alex Ovechkin

By his own admission, the Capitals’ captain hasn’t been perfect. But he’s doing something no one else has managed: he’s scoring consistently. In fact, Ovechkin has tallied in four consecutive contests after going pointless in the first two. It’s Ovi’s longest goal streak since Feb. 7-13 of last season (also four games).    

Zach Sanford

The rookie is still looking for his first goal. But he’s been dangerous around the next in each of the Capitals’ last two games. The Oilers' Cam Talbot absolutely robbed Sanford with a splendid pad save midway through the second period on Wednesday. Hunch here is that he’ll get one sooner rather than later.

Blue line point production

The Capitals’ offensive punch (or lack thereof) has been a storyline through the first six games. In fact, they have mustered only 14 goals, which is tied for 26th entering Thursday’s games. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but this much is also clear: the defensemen are doing more than their fair share. All six of them have recorded at least one assist, and Matt Niskanen has a team-leading four helpers after picking up the primary on Ovi’s goal Wednesday night.



Power play

A top-five unit a year ago, the Capitals’ power play has fallen on hard times so far this season. In fact, it’s all the way down in 28th, having connected on just two of 19 opportunities. The two goals, by the way, came against a tired Avalanche team. The unit has gone 0 for 6 since.

Penalty kill

This was a top-two unit a year ago, and it’s now scuffling (statistically, at least) as much as the power play. It’s given up a goal in five of the first six games, including one in Edmonton, and is burried in 25th place (72.2-percent). Coach Barry Trotz pointed out Wednesday night that it’s a small sample size, but he also noted that the unit can do a better job of blocking shots, filling lanes and coming up with critical saves at big moments.

Tom Wilson

The fourth liner is the only Capital who’s suited up for all six games but is still looking for his first point. Sanford and Brett Connolly also have goose eggs, but they’ve played in four and two games, respectively. It’s time for Wilson to get on the board.


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Wizards rookies look gigantic carrying teeny tiny backpacks on first NBA road trip

Wizards rookies look gigantic carrying teeny tiny backpacks on first NBA road trip

The Wizards have discovered a simple, effective way to make their rookies look ridiculous: Force them to carry teeny, tiny backpacks covered in cartoon characters.  

The rookies departed for their first NBA road trip in style. Kindergarten style, that is.   

Bags packed for the rookies... ready for their first NBA road trip! ✈✈✈

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Above we have Daniel Ochefu (6-11) rocking a magenta number with trolls on it. Behind him Sheldon McLellan (6-4) models a light pink Peppa Pig backpack. He's about to turn 25, but Tomas Satoransky (6-7) is repping Finding Dory. And last, but not least, Danuel House (6-7) is the newest member of the Paw Patrol. 

The first-year players don't look thrilled. Bradley Beal, on the other hand, is loving it. 

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