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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — D'Moi Hodge and Nick Honor combined for 11 3-pointers and 35 points as Missouri took off in the second half to beat Georgia 85-63 on Saturday. Trailing by a point, the Tigers (21-8, 9-7 SEC) outscored the Bulldogs 45-22 in the second half, finishing with seven 3s in each half on 28 total attempts. Hodge hit six 3s and scored 18 points, Honor added five 3s and had 17 points with Noah Carter adding 12 points and DeAndre Gholston 10.

ATLANTA (AP) — Javon Franklin had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Georgia Tech picked up its fourth win in its last six games, pulling away late to post an 83-67 win over Louisville on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 70-68 win over Notre Dame on a buzzer-beating tip-in on Feb. 8. Since that win, they have beaten Virginia Tech, Florida Tech and now Louisville to split the season series.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks returned from the All-Star break — and a coaching change — refreshed and motivated. The Cleveland Cavaliers, playing on the second night of a back-to-back, couldn't match Atlanta's energy and drive. Trae Young scored 34 points and the Hawks beat the Cavaliers 136-119 on Friday night in their first game under interim coach Joe Prunty.

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Demond Robinson had 13 points in Kennesaw State's 72-56 victory over Central Arkansas on Friday night. Robinson was 5 of 6 shooting and 3 of 4 from the free throw line for the Owls (23-8, 15-3 Atlantic Sun Conference).

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Andrei Savrasov had 28 points in Georgia Southern's 73-64 win against Appalachian State on Friday night. Savrasov also contributed five rebounds for the Eagles (16-15, 9-9 Sun Belt Conference). Jalen Finch scored 13 points, going 5 of 10 (3 for 4 from distance).

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young says he has “nothing but love and respect” for former Atlanta Hawks coach Nate McMillan and expects to have no input in the hiring of McMillan's replacement. Young spoke with reporters on Friday for the first time since McMillan was fired on Tuesday with the Hawks in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Young was not available following Wednesday's practice and was excused from Thursday's practice for personal reasons.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Olivia Miles scored 13 points and Kylee Watson added 12 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 10 Notre Dame rout Georgia Tech 76-53 on Thursday night. Sonia Citron also had 12 points for the Irish (23-4, 14-3 ACC), who improved to 17-1 all-time against the Yellow Jackets. Maddy Westbeld scored 11 points, while KK Bransford had 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting off the bench for Notre Dame, which closed out its regular-season home slate with a 13-2 record.

Slawson's 27 lead Furman past Mercer 70-67

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Jalen Slawson scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Furman beat Mercer 70-67 on Wednesday night. With its 17th consecutive victory over the Bears, Furman (23-7, 14-3 SoCon) setup a Saturday showdown at Samford for the Southern Conference regular season title and No. 1 seed in next week’s SoCon Men’s Basketball Championship.

ATLANTA (AP) — Christopher Mantis had 22 points in Appalachian State's 78-52 win against Georgia State on Wednesday night. Mantis shot 8 for 11, including 6 for 9 from beyond the arc for the Mountaineers (16-14, 9-8 Sun Belt Conference).

Kennesaw State beats North Alabama 79-66

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Chris Youngblood's 19 points helped Kennesaw State defeat North Alabama 79-66 on Wednesday night. Youngblood had five rebounds for the Owls (22-8, 14-3 Atlantic Sun Conference). Demond Robinson added 17 points while shooting 7 of 10 from the field and 3 for 4 from the line, and he also had 12 rebounds.

Kennesaw State beats North Alabama 79-66

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Chris Youngblood's 19 points helped Kennesaw State defeat North Alabama 79-66 on Wednesday night. Youngblood had five rebounds for the Owls (22-8, 14-3 Atlantic Sun Conference). Demond Robinson added 17 points while shooting 7 of 10 from the field and 3 for 4 from the line, and he also had 12 rebounds.

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks general manager Landry Fields said Wednesday former Utah coach Quinn Snyder is among those being considered to replace Nate McMillan. The Hawks fired McMillan on Tuesday, and Fields stressed their eighth-place standing in the Eastern Conference is not acceptable for a team that advanced to the conference finals in 2021.

Georgia no match for Arkansas in 97-65 loss

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Nick Smith Jr. scored a career-high 26 points, Ricky Council IV added 22 and Arkansas rolled to a 97-65 victory over Georgia on Tuesday night. Arkansas (19-9, 8-7 SEC) shot 64% from the floor, had 26 assists and scored 20 points from 13 Georgia turnovers. Smith also made a career-best five 3-pointers and Council had three, and the pair were a combined 18-of-30 shooting from the field. Anthony Black added 10 points and matched a career high with eight assists.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday fired coach Nate McMillan, who was unable to follow up on the success of leading the team to the 2021 Eastern Conference finals. Atlanta general manager Landry Fields announcing the firing. The Hawks are 29-30 and in eighth place in the East this season. Assistant coach Joe Prunty will serve as interim coach. Prunty joined the Hawks in July 2021 as lead assistant.

Georgia Tech falls to Pitt, 76-68

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nelly Cummings scored 22 points and Blake Hinson scored 19 points and Pittsburgh beat Georgia Tech 76-68 on Tuesday night. Federiko Federiko scored 14 points and Jamarius Burton 12 for Pitt, which made 19 of 20 foul shots including all eight in the final two-and-a-half minutes. The Panthers owned a 34-24 rebounding edge.

PHOENIX (AP) — It’s a brand new day in the major leagues — potentially an even brighter one for base-stealers like Trea Turner and Ronald Acuña Jr., and most definitely a change of pace for veteran aces like Gerrit Cole or Yu Darvish. The bases are bigger, and the pickoff rules are different. The pitch clock has arrived, and infield shifts are gone.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has had a roller-coaster career in which he had to fight to keep a job, lost his seat at a NASCAR powerhouse team and opened his 14th season mired in a five-year losing streak. To say this Daytona 500 was a milestone race was an understatement — for Stenhouse and for NASCAR. Stenhouse won the Daytona 500 in double overtime and under caution Sunday night in the longest running of “The Great American Race.”

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jayson Tatum put on a record-setting show, and made Giannis Antetokounmpo look like a genius. Tatum scored an All-Star Game-record 55 points on his way to winning MVP honors, and Team Giannis ended LeBron James’ hold on All-Star captain supremacy by beating Team LeBron 184-175 in the NBA's annual showcase exhibition on Sunday night.

Lance Terry scored 19 points, Ja’Von Franklin added a double-double, and Georgia Tech defeated Division II Florida Tech 79-56. Franklin had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets. Jalon …

NEW YORK (AP) — Tim McCarver, the All-Star catcher and Hall of Fame broadcaster who during 60 years in baseball won two World Series titles with the St. Louis Cardinals and had a long run as one of the country's most recognized, incisive and talkative television commentators, died Thursday. He was 81. McCarver's death was announced by baseball's Hall of Fame, which said he died Thursday morning due to heart failure in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was with his family.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Andrew Taylor scored 28 points and his layup with 14 seconds left were the game's final points and Marshall beat Georgia Southern 84-83 on Thursday night. Taylor shot 9 for 24 and 8 of 10 from the free throw line for the Thundering Herd (22-6, 11-4 Sun Belt Conference). Taevion Kinsey added 25 points while going 9 of 12 and 6 of 12 from the free throw line and grabbed five rebounds.

ATLANTA (AP) — Dallan “Deebo” Coleman scored a career-high 21 points and hit three of Georgia Tech's season-high 12 3-pointers to help the Yellow Jackets beat Virginia Tech 77-70 Wednesday night. Miles Kelly scored 15 points, Lance Terry 14 and and Kyle Sturdivant 10 for Georgia Tech (10-16, 3-13 ACC). Javon Franklin added 10 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, three assists and three steals.

ATLANTA (AP) — Jalen Brunson scored 28 points, Julius Randle added 25 and the New York Knicks cruised into their All-Star break with their third straight victory, blowing out the Atlanta Hawks 122-101 Wednesday night. New York settled things right from the start. The Knicks never trailed, building a 24-point lead in the first half and leading by double digits for the final 42 minutes of the game.

Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acuña Jr. has been cleared to play in the World Baseball Classic and was taking swings at the team's spring training camp on Wednesday, getting an early start on a season with high expectations. Acuña hit .266 with 15 homers and drove in 50 runs in 119 games in 2022 after sustaining a season-ending torn ligament in his right knee on July 10, 2021.

Mike Bobo reclaimed the offensive coordinator job at Georgia on Tuesday, with Todd Monken leaving the two-time defending national champions for the NFL. Bobo, a former Bulldogs quarterback and longtime assistant coach at his alma mater, also served as offensive coordinator under former coach Mark Richt.

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