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DENVER (AP) – LeBron James scored 34 points on the eve of his 31st birthday, Iman Shumpert added a season-high 16 and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Denver Nuggets 93-87 on Tuesday night. Kevin Love had eight points and 14 rebounds to help Cleveland finish off a four-game West Coast swing with a 2-2 mark. The Cavaliers rested Kyrie Irving on the second night of a back-to-back as he works his way back from a fractured left kneecap. Reserve Will Barton had 29 for the injury-riddled Nuggets, who’ve now dropped six of seven. They were once again without Danilo Gallinari (sprained left ankle) and rookie Emmanuel Mudiay (sprained right ankle). Trailing by 11 with 3:07 remaining, the Nuggets resorted to fouling Tristan Thompson, who’s a 56 percent free throw shooter. Thompson struggled at the line, hitting 1 of 4, but Denver couldn’t capitalize.
WESTERN ST (COL)-AIR FORCE
COLORDAO SPRINGS (AP) – Hayden Graham scored 19 points with a career-high five 3-pointers and Air Force beat Division II Western State Colorado University 86-66 on Tuesday night. Trevor Lyons scored 14 points on 4-of-4 shooting and Zach Moer added 12 with three blocked shots for the Falcons (9-4), who outshot the Mountaineers 54 percent to 38 percent and made 23 of 28 free throws (82 percent). Air Force broke the game open early in the first half with an 18-0 run in which Graham made two 3-pointers and led 45-27 at halftime.
FORT COLLINS(AP) – Emmanuel Omogbo had 15 points and eight rebounds to help Colorado State beat Division II-member Regis University 77-53 on Tuesday night. Tiel Daniels added 12 points and nine rebounds for Colorado State (8-5), which outrebounded Regis 47-32 and held a 40-10 advantage for points in the paint. Antwan Scott and John Gillon combined for 11 of the Rams’ 17 assists on 28 made field goals.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – James Butler scored on a 4-yard run with 1:06 left and Nevada benefited from a late gaffe by Colorado State to beat the Rams 28-23 in the inaugural Arizona Bowl Tuesday night. Colorado State (7-6) trailed most of the game before taking the lead on Wyatt Bryan’s 38-yard field goal with just under 4 minutes left. The Wolf Pack (7-6) responded quickly, marching 72 yards in eight plays to set up Butler’s tackle-breaking touchdown run. Nick Stevens orchestrated a quick-hitting drive in the final minute with no timeouts, but receiver Jordon Vaden was unable to get out of bounds at Nevada’s 12-yard line and time ran out on the Rams. Stevens ran for 189 yards and Elijah Mitchell scored on a 96-yard kickoff return in the bowl battle between Mountain West Conference teams. Stevens threw for 310 yards and a touchdown.
ARMED FORCES BOWL
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Jared Goff threw for 467 yards and six touchdowns and California won in the postseason for the first time in seven years, beating Air Force 55-36 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Tuesday. Goff had three of his scoring tosses in a span of five plays in the second quarter as the Bears (8-5) broke a 14-14 tie and cruised in a rematch of the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl, also won by Cal (42-36). Receiver Kenny Lawler had three touchdowns for Cal, which last made the postseason in a 21-10 loss to Texas in the Holiday Bowl in 2011. The Bears’ last bowl win was 24-17 over Miami in the 2008 Emerald Bowl near their Bay Area campus. Weakened by the targeting ejection of secondary anchor Weston Steelhammer on Air Force’s third defensive play, the Falcons (8-6) lost for the fourth time in five Armed Forces appearances since 2007.