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Mavericks cruise past Hornets 107-80

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 18 points, Chandler Parsons had 17 and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Charlotte Hornets 107-80 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 points to become the fourth player in NBA history to eclipse 27,000 career points with the same franchise, joining a prestigious group that includes Hornets owner Michael Jordan, Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant.

The Mavericks came in leading the NBA in scoring, averaging more than 109 points per game and the Hornets offered little resistance as the Mavericks routinely scored on uncontested alley-oop dunks, layups and 3-pointers.

Tyson Chandler was 7 of 7 from the field for 14 points, and Jameer Nelson had 11 points and eight assists for Dallas (8-3).

Gerald Henderson had 18 points for Charlotte (4-7). Al Jefferson was limited to six points on 3 of 12 shooting, snapping a string of 35 straight games of scoring in double digits.


Rivera says Tolbert expected back after bye week

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he expects 2013 Pro Bowl fullback Mike Tolbert to play in the team’s next game Nov. 30 against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Panthers (3-7-1) have a bye this week.

Tolbert has spent the last eight games on the injured reserve/designated to return list with a hairline fracture in his left leg, but is eligible to return against the Vikings.

Rivera says Tolbert’s size, along with his ability to run, block and catch passes makes him a valuable weapon in the backfield.

Tolbert has been practicing the last two weeks and says he feels like he’s recovered.

Rivera also says starting right tackle Nate Chandler will have an MRI on his knee after it swelled up following Carolina’s 19-17 loss to Atlanta on Sunday.


Gardner-Webb knocks off Charleston 80-67

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Jarvis Davis made six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points to lead Gardner-Webb to an 80-67 victory over College of Charleston on Monday night.

Tyrell Nelson had 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, Jerome Hill added 18 and 12, and Tyler Strange had 12 and eight assists for Gardner-Webb (1-1).

Gardner-Webb held a 32-31 halftime lead as the Bulldogs made only 12 of 35 field goal attempts. They found the range in the second half, hitting 15 of 28 attempts.

Gardner-Webb went on a 20-3 run to start the second half to lead 52-34 with 12:28 remaining in the game. Charleston came back and closed to 63-55 with 3:54 left after Joe Chealey hit a 3-pointer and a free throw.

Chealey had 17 points for the Cougars (1-1). Anthony Stitt contributed 12 points and Adjehi Baru had 10, while pulling down 12 rebounds.


Charleston Southern blows past Erskine 92-50

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Paul Gombwer scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Will Saunders added 17 points and eight rebounds and Charleston Southern beat NAIA Erskine 92-50 on Monday night.

Aaron Wheeler added 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Cedric Bowen scored 10 points in the win.

Charleston Southern (2-0) jumped all over Erskine, taking a 40-6 lead with just fewer than 7 minutes left in the first half.

Erskine made just 15 of 51 (29.4 percent) field goals, including 4 of 19 from 3-point range, while Charleston Southern shot 58.5 percent from the floor and 40.7 percent (11 of 27) from behind the arc.

Maurice Daniels and Aaron Brown scored 11 points apiece for Erskine, which committed 19 turnovers.

Charleston Southern out-rebounded Erskine 49-25 and turned 14 offensive rebounds into 22 second-chance points.


Winthrop holds on to win at Clemson, 77-74

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Keon Moore and Andre Smith each converted two free throws in the final seconds to help Winthrop hold off Clemson, 77-74 on Monday night.

Jarad Scott gave Winthrop the lead with 9:34 left by draining a pair of free throws and the Eagles nursed it the rest of the way, helped along by Moore and Keon Johnson. Moore drilled a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight points down the stretch. Johnson had seven points in the final 10 minutes.

Jaron Blossomgame’s three-point play with 1:20 left pulled Clemson within a point, 70-69, and Rod Hall hit a 3 to make it 73-72 with :22 left.

Johnson and More finished with 19 and 18 points, respectively, to lead Winthrop (2-0). Andre Smith added 16 points.

Landry Nnoko scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Tigers (1-1).


SC-Upstate rolls past NC A&T, 63-46

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Fred Miller drilled three straight 3-pointers in just over a minute late in the first half to spark South Carolina-Upstate to a 63-46 win over North Carolina A&T Monday night.

Miller did not attempt another 3 the rest of the night and the Spartans (2-0) didn’t need him to, pulling away steadily.

SC-Upstate took a 29-20 lead at intermission and outscored the Aggies 34-26 in the second half.

Ty Greene led SC-Upstate with 20 points, hitting 7 of 13 from the field and 4 of 7 from long range. Miller finished with 11 points.

The Spartans shot 24 of 63 from the field as a team and were 9 of 24 from behind the arc, but held North Carolina A&T to just 32 percent on 16 of 50 shooting. The Aggies were just 3 of 20 from long range.

Bruce Beckford had a dozen points for the Aggies (1-1).