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Posted on October 8, 2013 at 4:07 AM

DALLAS (AP) — Reserve guard Brian Roberts scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter, including the winning jumper with 21.7 seconds to play, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Dallas Mavericks 94-92 in a preseason game Monday night. Anthony Davis paced New Orleans with 25 points and seven rebounds.

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — For Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints, time of possession is of the essence. Payton says it's "an important statistic" which has played a role in New Orleans' 5-0 start. The Saints' fourth-ranked offense has had the ball for an average of 34:37 per game, which led the NFL heading into Monday night's game.

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — It was just two weeks ago that Mississippi was a trendy pick to make some serious noise in the Southeastern Conference. Not anymore. Consecutive road losses to Alabama and Auburn have sent the Rebels crashing back to reality, and now Texas A&M comes to town Saturday.

BIRMININGHAM, Ala. (AP) — LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, Florida defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy and Georgia placekicker Marshall Morgan are the Southeastern Conference players of the week. The SEC named its weekly winners on Monday. Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson is freshman of the week.

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