Durant scores 30, Thunder beats Hawks 101-92
ATLANTA (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 30 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder won for the 11th time in 12 games, holding off the Atlanta Hawks 101-92 Tuesday night.
Shelvin Mack scored 17 points off the bench to lead an Atlanta comeback but finally cooled off at the end.
Coming off an impressive 118-94 home victory over Indiana, the Thunder had more trouble on the road against the Hawks. But the result was the same: another Oklahoma City victory, despite a tough night for Russell Westbrook. He was held to 14 points on 6-of-21 shooting, though he did sink an impressive reverse layup with 1:41 remaining to help finish off Atlanta.
Durant made 9 of 21 from the field and 11 of 15 free throws.
Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 23 points.
Koetter saying little about Boise State interview
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter isn't saying much about his recent interview with Boise State.
Koetter confirmed on Tuesday that he met with Boise State officials, but declined to elaborate.
In two seasons with Atlanta, Koetter has had mixed results.
Last season's team, led by Pro Bowl performances from quarterback Matt Ryan, receiver Julio Jones and tight end Tony Gonzalez, went 13-3 and finished 10 yards shy of the Super Bowl.
This season, the Falcons are 3-10 and has been undermined by a porous offensive line, an ineffective running game and Jones' season-ending injury.
Koetter went 26-10 as Boise State's coach from 1998-2000. He was 40-34 at Arizona State from 2001-06.
Boise State is trying to replace Chris Petersen, who took the job at Washington.
Neb fans on Georgia rematch: Been there, done that
(AP) - The Gator Bowl appears to be a tough sell to Nebraska fans.
A season that fell short of expectations ends New Year's Day in Jacksonville, Fla., with a game against No. 23 Georgia, the same team that beat the Cornhuskers a year ago in the Capital One Bowl.
Steve Glenn, a walk-on offensive lineman in the 1970s, runs a travel agency in Lincoln. He said he's sold fewer than a dozen seats on a 137-seat charter to Jacksonville. He thinks fans are "ready to be done with this season."
Mike'l (Michael) Severe co-hosts a sports radio show in Omaha. He said listeners are unhappy the Huskers are playing Georgia again. They had hoped to go to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, where Kansas State would have been the opponent.
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Northern Iowa holds off Savannah State 55-50
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Seth Tuttle scored 17 points as Northern Iowa outlasted Savannah State, holding off a final-minute rally for a 55-50 win on Tuesday night.
Northern Iowa (4-5) led 35-32 midway through the second half before seven straight points from Nate Buss spurred a 14-8 run that opened a 49-40 lead for the Panthers.
Savannah State (2-8) trailed by nine with 30 seconds left, but hit a pair of 3-pointers and Stephen Wilson's layup with 2 seconds remaining brought Savannah State within 53-50. The rally proved too little too late as Tuttle was fouled and sunk a pair of free throws to preserve the win for Northern Iowa.
Deon Mitchell scored 11 points to go along with five steals for the Panthers and Buss added 10 points.
Deven Williams had a game-high 18 points and Jyles Smith had 11 for the Tigers, who have dropped six games in a row.
Ga. to host Major League Lacrosse championship
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - Kennesaw State University officials say the school will host the 2014 Major League Lacrosse championship game.
Officials say Fifth Third Bank Stadium will play host to the event Aug. 23 and MLL Commissioner, David Gross, says the organization is "thrilled to return to Fifth Third Bank Stadium and the Atlanta region."
KSU officials said Tuesday that 4,000 fans were on hand last season to watch the Rochester Rattlers play the Boston Cannons in the first MLL game to be hosted in Georgia.
Atlanta Sports Council Executive Director Dan Corso says the metro Atlanta area has a "strong affinity" for lacrosse at both the participant and fan levels. He says the organization is excited to help plan the event.
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