NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ryan Anderson shook off an unusually poor shooting night from long range, hitting two clutch 3-pointers in overtime that carried the New Orleans Pelicans to a 111-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Jason Smith scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds for the Pelicans, who snapped a two-game skid.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Saints coach Sean Payton says outside linebacker Victor Butler won't be returning for the Saints' playoff push. The chances of Butler returning appeared remote since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and had surgery in June.
RUSTON, La. (AP) - Raheem Appleby scored 28 points as Louisiana Tech ran away from Northwestern State 93-71 Wednesday night. Louisiana Tech shot 58.5 percent from the floor, including 5 of 15 from beyond the arc. Alex Hamilton added 13 points while Kenneth Smith dished out 12 assists to go with his 12 points.
RUSTON, La. (AP) - For the second straight week Louisiana Tech freshman guard JaQuan Jackson was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week following her performances in the Lady Techsters three games. The Killeen, Texas native averaged 11.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in games against Nicholls State, Ole Miss and Louisiana-Lafayette.
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