College Basketball


Green leads way in Paine victory

In Columbia, Geno Green had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead Paine College to a 60-55 victory over Benedict.

Paine, which trailed 30-26 at halftime, improves to 10-5, 9-4 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

• In the women’s game, Paine hit just 22.6 percent of its shots from the field (12 of 53) and lost 55-28 to Benedict.

Baiesha Johnson and BreAsia Burns had six points each to lead Paine (3-13, 3-9).

Benedict didn’t shoot much better (16 of 50) but hit 20 of 34 free throws. Paine was 3 of 8 from the line.

• The USC Aiken women moved up a spot, to 15th in the latest ranked USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

The Lady Pacers are one of three ranked Peach Belt Conference teams. Clayton State is No. 2. and Lander is No. 24.

• The USC Aiken men’s team dropped five spots, checking in at No. 24 this week in the NABC/Division II poll.



Wizards coach Saunders fired

Flip Saunders was fired Tuesday as coach of the NBA-worst Washington Wizards and replaced by assistant Randy Wittman, who has the job for the rest of the season.

• In Miami, Chris Bosh scored 17 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter and the Miami Heat survived another shaky offensive night to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 92-85.

• In Charlotte, N.C., Tyson Chandler had 20 points and 17 rebounds as the New York Knicks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 111-78 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats.

• In Indianapolis, Ryan Anderson had 24 points to lead the Orlando Magic to a 102-83 victory over the Indiana Pacers.



Fielder, Tigers agree on terms

Free agent first baseman Prince Fielder and the Detroit Tigers agreed Tuesday on a nine-year, $214 million contract, a person familiar with the deal said.

Detroit boldly stepped up in the Fielder sweepstakes after the recent knee injury to star Victor Martinez.

• Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants reached a verbal agreement Tuesday on a two-year contract worth $40.5 million.



Perreault powers Capitals to win

In Washington, Mathieu Perreault got his first career hat trick, including the tie-breaking goal in the third period, to lead Washington to a 5-3 victory over Boston.

• In Sunrise, Fla., Claude Giroux scored the only goal in a shootout and the Philadel­phia Flyers beat the Florida Panthers 3-2.

Giroux beat Scott Clem­mensen on the stick side to give the Flyers their first shootout victory in four tries this season.

• In New York, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 shots and Ryan Callahan, John Mitchell and Brad Richards provided the offense in the New York Rangers’ 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

• In Uniondale, N.Y., Clarke MacArthur’s second goal of the game at 2:06 of overtime lifted Toronto over the New York Islanders 4-3.

• In Tampa, Fla., Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis both had a goal and an assist to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 .

• In Newark, N.J., Jason Pominvile and Nathan Gerbe scored in a shootout as the Buffalo Sabres beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1.