Grizzlies 152, Thunder 79

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies broke the NBA record for margin of victory on Thursday, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 152-79.

The 73-point margin easily topped the previous mark, which was Cleveland’s 68-point win over Miami. The Cavaliers topped the Heat 148-80 on Dec. 17, 1991.

Memphis used 12 players and nine of them reached double figures in scoring, with Jaren Jackson Jr.’s 27 points leading the way for the Grizzlies. Memphis was without its best player, injured guard Ja Morant.

It was 72-36 at halftime and the Grizzlies just kept adding to the lead, eventually pulling ahead by as many as 78 points.

Rust College 100, CRC 80

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. – Rust (Miss.) College pushed their first-half lead to as much as 18 in the first half, but the Pioneers of Crowley’s Ridge College settled down in the second half to keep it close. The Pioneers ultimately fell to the Bearcats (7-6) by a final score of 100-80 on Thursday.

J.D. Smith scored a career-high 29 points for the Pioneers (0-10) and fellow freshman Braxton Cousins added 18 points despite first-half foul trouble.

The Pioneers return to action on Saturday, Dec. 11, when they host the Pensacola Christian (Fla.) Eagles with a tipoff of 3 p.m.

Rust College 79, CRC 53

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. – Facing a defense that holds the lowest field-goal percentage allowed in the NAIA, Crowley’s Ridge College fell victim to (RV) Rust (Miss.) College on Thursday night by a final score of 79-53. The Lady Bearcats allow their opponents to 30.5 percent shooting from the floor over their 13 games of play while holding their opponents to an average of 49.8 points per game — a mark that ranks them third in the country in that category.

Crowley’s Ridge (4-6) stumbled out of the gate, collecting their fourth point of the night with just over two minutes remaining in the opening quarter. Kiyuanna Foster completed an and-one opportunity to give the Lady Pioneers some life before ending the first quarter trailing 21-9.

The Lady Bearcats (11-2) continued to throttle up the pressure by bucketing a game-high 23 points in the second quarter. Meanwhile, the Lady Pioneers connected on just two field goals in quarter number two, taking a 44-17 deficit into the locker room.

Improving greatly, Crowley’s Ridge entered the third quarter to make up for lost points by collecting 22 points, thanks in part to Shmyira Brown’s eight-point third quarter. The freshman went 4-4 from the floor in the penultimate quarter to shrink the CRC hole down to 62-39 entering the final quarter.

Coming off of the bench, N’Kyah Edward tallied four points in seven minutes of action in the fourth quarter, but the efforts fell short with Crowley’s Ridge falling 79-53.

Brown led all Lady Pioneer scoring with 10 points, marking her third 10+ point game. Lindsey Browning and Lotti Hoffman followed with seven points each. Lizzy Rowton pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

Crowley’s Ridge will look to avenge their season’s first loss by hosting the Pensacola Christian (Fla.) Eagles on Saturday, Dec. 11. Tipoff from the Carter Activities Center is set for 1 p.m.

Paragould 69, Mountain Home 59

PARAGOULD — Paragould outscored Mountain Home 10-0 in the second overtime Tuesday night to earn a 69-59 victory in senior boys’ basketball.

Isaiah Jackson scored 24 points to lead the Rams (5-2). Gavin Hall added 16 points, Caleb Jiles 14 and Ashton Oakes 13 for Paragould.

Paragould led 25-23 at halftime and 34-33 after the third quarter.

The teams were tied at 52 to end regulation and at 59 to end the first overtime.

Luke Proctor scored 28 points for Mountain Home.

Riverside 57, Marmaduke 42

MARMADUKE — Grayson Taylor scored 22 points Tuesday night to lead Riverside to a 57-42 victory over Marmaduke in 2A-3 senior boys’ basketball.

Harrison McAnally and Easton Hatch added 11 points each for the Rebels, with McAnally also grabbing nine rebounds. Dennis Williams finished with nine points and 13 rebounds for Riverside (6-6, 1-0 conference).

Riverside outscored Marmaduke 20-7 in the second quarter to take a 24-18 halftime lead. The Rebels led 38-32 after the third quarter.

Chandler Harrelson scored 15 points for Marmaduke.

Riverside (12-0, 1-0) won the junior boys’ game 42-33 and the seventh-grade game 37-19.

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