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Trump: 'Should have left' UCLA 3 in jail

LaVar Ball (L), father of basketball player LiAngelo Ball and the owner of the Big Baller brand, sits with his other son LaMelo Ball during a promotional event in Hong Kong on November 14, 2017. UCLA players LiAngelo Ball -- the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie star Lonzo Ball -- and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested on November 7 in Hangzhou ahead of their regular-season-opening game against Georgia Tech in nearby Shanghai this past weekend. ESPN reported that they were nabbed on suspicion of stealing from a Louis Vuitton store and later freed on bail but ordered to remain in Hangzhou. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)

(TSX / STATS) -- After LaVar Ball downplayed President Donald Trump's involvement in getting his son and two other UCLA teammates released from China for their recent shoplifting arrest, Trump shot back that "I should have left them in jail."

UCLA freshmen basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested on Nov. 7 for allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou, where the Bruins had been staying before leaving for Shanghai to face Georgia Tech.

On Sunday afternoon, Trump tweeted: "Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!"


Bridges injured in No. 2 Spartans' win

(TSX / STATS) -- EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The sight of star forward Miles Bridges limping back to the locker room gave No. 2 Michigan State a big scare on Sunday.

Fortunately, the injury doesn't appear serious.


McLaughlin has 35, UCS tops Vandy in OT

(TSX / STATS) -- NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jordan McLaughlin scored a career-high 35 points to lead No. 10 Southern California to a 93-89 overtime victory over Vanderbilt on Sunday night in Memorial Gymnasium.

Matthew Fisher-Davis countered with 31 points and 11 rebounds for Vanderbilt, while USC forward Chimezie Metu had 23 points and eight rebounds.


No. 8 Gators escape pesky New Hampshire

(TSX / STATS) -- Jalen Hudson scored 22 of his game-high 26 points in the second half as No. 8 Florida defeated New Hampshire 70-63 in a nonconference game on Sunday night in Gainesville, Fla.

Hudson made just one basket and two free throws in the first half but took off in the final 20 minutes.


Texas Tech pounds No. 20 Northwestern

(TSX / STATS) -- Texas Tech guard Keenan Evans had 25 points and reached the career 1,000-point plateau in the Red Raiders' dominating 85-49 victory over the No. 20 Northwestern Wildcats in Sunday's championship game of the Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Texas Tech scored the first nine points, 15 of the first 18 and 23 of the first 28 to take control early against a Wildcats' team that beat Vanderbilt and played eventual finalist Gonzaga within seven points in the 2017 NCAA tournament.


No. 21 Saint Mary's starts fast in win

(TSX / STATS) -- No. 21 Saint Mary's jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 79-61 win over San Jose State on Sunday night at Event Center Arena in San Jose, Calif.

Jock Landale led all scorers with 22 points and also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Calvin Hermanson, the Gaels' leading scorer coming into the game at 20.7 points per game, was held to 14 points.


Murphy's 23 and 11 lift No, 14 Gophers

(TSX / STATS) -- Jordan Murphy recorded his fourth double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 14 Minnesota pulled away in the second half to beat Western Carolina 92-64 on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Amir Coffey had 15 points, five rebounds and four assists, Dupree McBrayer added 14 points, and Nate Mason chipped in with 13 points for the Gophers, who outscored the Catamounts 50-31 in the second half.


Iowa St. hangs on for Puerto Rico title

(TSX / STATS) -- Iowa State saw Boise State cut into its 24-point lead in the second half before holding on for a 75-64 win on Sunday evening in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship game in Conway, S.C.

Boise State, which made six of its first eight 3-pointers in the second half, had a 21-6 run to cut Iowa State's lead to 64-60 with 2:34 remaining.


Temple tops Clemson for Charleston title

(TSX / STATS) -- The Temple Owls remain undefeated after beating the Clemson Tigers 67-60 to win the Gildan Charleston Classic on Sunday at the TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.

The Owls (3-0) were led by senior guard Josh Brown, who made a trio of 3-pointers in the second half to extend Temple's lead. Brown, who spent most of the first half on the bench in foul trouble, finished the game with 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting and added three assists.


Copeland scores 30 as Nebraska cruises

(TSX / STATS) -- Isaac Copeland scored 30 points, just two off his career high, in only 29 minutes Sunday as Nebraska routed North Dakota 92-70 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb.

Copeland made 12 of 14 field-goal attempts, sinking 3 of 4 from beyond the 3-point line, and added eight rebounds for the Cornhuskers (3-1). Anton Gill came off the bench to drain four 3-pointers and tally 16 points, while Glynn Watson, Jr. added 13.

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