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    Southern Miss (1-1) vs. North Florida (2-1) UNF Arena, Jacksonville, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Southern Miss faces North Florida in an early season matchup. North Florida beat Georgia Southern by three points at home on Monday, while Southern Miss came up short in a 75-69 game at South Alabama on Saturday. LEADING THE CHARGE: Boban Jacdonmi is averaging 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds to lead the charge for the Golden Eagles. Leonard Harper-Baker is also a primary contributor, producing 12.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and two blocks per game. The Ospreys have been led by Carter Hendricksen, who is averaging 13.3 points and 10.3 rebounds.CLUTCH CARTER: Hendricksen has connected on 33.3 percent of the 15 3-pointers he's attempted and has gone 5 for 15 over his last three games. He's also converted 75 percent of his free throws this season. FLOOR SPACING: Southern Miss's LaDavius Draine has attempted 16 3-pointers and has connected on 25 percent of them. DID YOU KNOW: North Florida as a collective unit has made 12.7 3-pointers per game this season, which is third-best among Division I teams. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
  • Towson (2-1) vs. No. 15 Florida (1-1) Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: No. 15 Florida hosts Towson in an early season matchup. Towson came up short in an 84-80 overtime game to Kent State on Monday. Florida lost 63-51 to Florida State on Sunday. BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Florida's Kerry Blackshear Jr. has averaged 15 points, 11.5 rebounds and two steals while Keyontae Johnson has put up 13 points and 5.5 rebounds. For the Tigers, Brian Fobbs has averaged 14 points and 5.3 rebounds while Juwan Gray has put up 12 points and 5.7 rebounds.BRILLIANT BLACKSHEAR JR.: Blackshear has connected on 33.3 percent of the three 3-pointers he's attempted. He's also converted 76.5 percent of his free throws this season. DID YOU KNOW: Florida is ranked second among SEC teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 39.5 percent. The Gators have averaged 16 offensive boards per game. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
  • Officials with the Orlando Fire Department announced late Tuesday evening that they arrested John Huff for arson in connection to the fire early that same morning at the Beefy King Restaurant. Huff was transported to the Orange County Jail. Investigators suspected arson when the saw the fire started outside the building near the back of the building rather than inside.  Additionally, surveillance footage from a nearby business shows a car in the parking lot of Beefy King at the time the fire started. In the meantime, firefighters said the damage to the building on Bumby Avenue is “fixable” and the owner of the iconic establishment known for its sandwiches says the will re-open as soon as possible.  The good news is there was minimal damage and no one was hurt. 
  • The Tampa Bay Ray’s baseball field is being transformed into a 90,000 sq foot maze of Christmas magic. Tropicana Field will be home to the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze this holiday season and the lights will be on November 22 through December 29.  The main attraction will be the maze which is called “The Great Search.” The interactive adventure asks you to search for all nine of Santa’s reindeer after a mischievous elf set them free.  Enchant Christmas says on its website that the adventure is like a living storybook that features larger than life light sculptures and decadent delights with snow falling everywhere.  At the center of the temporary attraction is an 80-foot Christmas tree.  App users click here to watch the video. Visitors will also have a chance to ice skate through the lights and visit with Mr.Claus himself and pick up some gifts at a Christmas Market.  Additionally on December 1 and 16  you can bring your pooch to the attraction, but you will have to purchase a dog ticket. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 and up, 3 and under are free.   There is a military and senior discount.  Tickets are limited, click here for more information. 
  • Authorities say a Florida police officer fatally shot a service dog while responding to a man suffering from a seizure. An Okeechobee police statement says the shooting happened late Monday night. Police say two officers approached a man suffering from medical issues on the side of a road. They recognized the man and were familiar with his medical history. While one officer helped the man, his service dog began to lunge and bite at the other officer. Police say the officer pushed the dog away several times before it went for his face, prompting the officer to shoot the dog once. The animal died while being taken to a veterinarian. Authorities say the 60-pound (27-kilogram), mixed-breed dog wasn't wearing a service vest. Investigators say independent eyewitness supported the officer's account.
  • A 200-pound green sea turtle with a gashed shell has been rescued off the Florida coast. News outlets report the turtle since named Blaze is now being cared for at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach. An Indian River County sheriff's statement says deputies responded Sunday to a report of a sea turtle that had been hit by a boat near Barber Bridge. Deputies and firefighters hefted the creature out of the water with a net and took him to a Vero Beach fire station, where he was then taken to the marine center. Center spokeswoman Lauren Eissey says boat strikes appear to have left Blaze with nerve damage, but the center's research team says there's a strong chance he can be returned to the wild.
  • Philadelphia 76ers (7-3, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (3-7, 13th in the Eastern Conference) Orlando; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST Eastern Conference foes Orlando and Philadelphia meet. Orlando finished 42-40 overall and 30-22 in Eastern Conference action a season ago. The Magic averaged 25.5 assists per game on 40.4 made field goals last season. Philadelphia went 51-31 overall and 31-21 in Eastern Conference play a season ago. The 76ers averaged 15.3 points off of turnovers, 14.1 second chance points and 31.7 bench points last season. The matchup Wednesday is the first meeting of the season for the two teams. Magic Injuries: None listed. 76ers Injuries: Trey Burke III: day to day (calf). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • The winning numbers in Tuesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Fantasy 5' game were: 12-17-19-28-36 (twelve, seventeen, nineteen, twenty-eight, thirty-six)
  • Miami coach Jim Larranaga was quick to note that his team went winless on the road last season. On Tuesday night, his Hurricanes' stingy defense ensured they would only need one try to better last season's road record. Kameron McGusty scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Harlond Beverly had 15 points, and Miami beat UCF 79-70 at Addition Financial Arena. The Hurricanes (2-1) pulled away in the early stages of the second half with a 14-2 run over a span of 4:16. Beverly, who scored seven of his team's points during the decisive run, punctuated it with a floater in traffic to give the visitors a 52-41 lead. 'I thought that was a really hard-fought contest. Both teams were very physical with each other,' Larranaga said. 'Both teams battled. Last season, we did not have a single road win. So, for this team to start out this season in our first road game and play as well as we did, score as well as we did, defend as well as we did, with a number of young guys stepping up and really helping us, it's really a very satisfying victory.' UCF (1-1) never managed to get back within fewer than six points after the Hurricanes' second-half outburst. The Knights were their own worst enemy at times, as they committed 17 turnovers and shot only 42 percent (5 of 12) from the free-throw line. Those giveaways more than accounted for the final scoring margin, as Miami finished with a 21-10 advantage in points off turnovers. 'Coach has been drilling us on our defense, keeping up the intensity on defense for a whole 40 minutes. I think we were really locked in,' McGusty said. 'I think our defense was really what put us over the edge.' 'Most of the time, they were unforced turnovers,' UCF coach Johnny Dawkins said. 'It wasn't anything where they were pressing and trapping. So, just too many unforced turnovers, which means we have to value the ball a little more, keep it simpler when we're on the floor.' For UCF, Frank Bertz and Darin Green, Jr. each scored 13 points. BIG PICTURE Miami: Predicted to finish ninth in the ACC, the Canes could find themselves squarely on the bubble for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. They have done little to alter that notion in the early stages of the season. Miami's results continued to follow the proverbial script, with wins over Florida Atlantic and UCF coming on the heels of their opening loss to No. 5 Louisville. UCF: There are likely growing pains to come for the Knights, who are replacing almost every key contributor from a team that came one shot away from knocking off Duke in last year's NCAA Tournament. UCF narrowly avoided a loss at the hands of Prairie View A&M in its season opener and was left to rue a series of turnovers that allowed Miami to pull away. SUNSHINE STATE OF AFFAIRS With the win, Miami moved to 82-7 in games against Florida schools from outside the Power Five conferences since 1985-86. Larranaga is 14-2 in such games as the Hurricanes' head coach. A FOUL PERFORMANCE UCF forward Collin Smith played only seven minutes in the first half, and 23 minutes overall, before fouling out with eight points and three rebounds. His extended absence was noted as a key factor by both Larranaga and Dawkins. 'It definitely disrupted us,' Dawkins said. 'I feel Collin is one of the best bigs in the country. When he gets in foul trouble like he did early, and we have to sit him 10, 11, 12 minutes, that's difficult for any player. I thought he did a great job of responding in the second half, but by then, we were fighting an uphill battle. He has to understand his value on the floor, and he has to do a better job of ensuring he doesn't put himself in position to pick up fouls.' That message seemed to have registered with Smith, who had a simple answer when he was asked what he could learn from Tuesday's game. 'Try not to foul,' he said.