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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Lucky Money' game were: 07-31-45-47, Lucky Ball: 14 (seven, thirty-one, forty-five, forty-seven; Lucky Ball: fourteen)
  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Fantasy 5' game were: 06-07-11-21-29 (six, seven, eleven, twenty-one, twenty-nine)
  • ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday evening's drawing of the 'Mega Millions' game were: 04-15-37-59-64, Mega Ball: 16, Megaplier: 5 (four, fifteen, thirty-seven, fifty-nine, sixty-four; Mega Ball: sixteen; Megaplier: five)
  • GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - With the shot clock winding down and the lead dwindling, KeVaughn Allen took his longest 3-pointer of the night. And he banked it in, a big shot that gave Florida a seven-point lead with 2:59 to play and left Allen with a huge grin as he backpedaled toward midcourt. It was that kind of night for Allen and the Gators. Allen scored 31 points, Noah Locke added a career-high 27 and Florida used a flurry of 3-pointers to overcome a 13-point deficit and beat Texas A&M 81-72 on Tuesday night. The Gators made 18 of 37 from behind the arc, including 11 of 15 in the second half, and set an O'Connell Center record for made 3-pointers. 'I hope we hit 18 3s every night, but we're not going to, so we better be on it defensively,' coach Mike White said. 'We better find other ways to score.' The Gators didn't need to against A&M. Allen hit 8 of 10 from 3-point range, and Locke connected on 7 of 13. It was most combined 3-pointers for any two players in school history, topping the previous record of 13 set by Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton in 2012. Florida (11-7, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) needed just about every one of them to rally against the Aggies (7-10, 1-5). 'I just want this team to win,' said Allen, who has been the team's leading scorer in five straight games. 'I'm just trying to take the next step as a leader, trying to lead by example.' Texas A&M shot 55.2 percent from the field in the first half and made 7 of 11 from 3-point range, taking a 46-33 lead into the locker room and that was concerning for White. 'Beyond frustrated,' White said. 'Mostly defensively.' White clearly got his guys' attention. The Gators clamped down on the defensive end after the break and got red shot from long range. Allen and Locke kept getting open and kept making them. No other Florida player scored in double figures. 'We were down and we had to get back together,' Locke said. 'I was trying to pick it up for the team. I should play on that edge all the time. ... I was just shooting with confidence and everything was falling for me.' Wendell Mitchell led the Aggies with 25 points, including 17 in the first half. Jay Jay Chandler added 15 points for the road team, which has dropped three straight. 'When you are making shots like they did tonight - 18 3s - it's tough to beat anybody making that many shots,' Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy said. 'It's not like we weren't trying to guard them. They just kept making shots.' Florida hadn't had a 20-point scorer all season, but got two on the same night. White's offense has been hit and miss - mostly miss - all season. But it looked unstoppable in the second half against the Aggies. The Gators shot 55 percent in the final 20 minutes. 'I thought our effort and attitude were much better tonight,' Kennedy said. 'We made some shots in the first half. We tried to do too much in the second half.' BIG PICTURE Texas A&M, which scored 43 points in its last game, hadn't scored 46 points in the first half of a game since the season opener against overmatched Savannah State in early November. But after consecutive lopsided losses at home, the Aggies looked like a motivated team eager to prove doubters wrong in Gainesville. It just didn't last. Florida started three freshmen for the second consecutive game. It's the first time in 20 years the Gators have gone with three first-year players in the starting lineup. LaDarius Halton, Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller were the last trio to do so for Florida. Haslem and Miller helped carry the Gators to the national championship game the following year. SHORT-HANDED GATORS Florida played its first game without injured forward Keith Stone, who tore a ligament in his left knee at Georgia on Saturday. Coach Mike White also announced Monday that center Gorjok Gak (knee) would take a medical redshirt this season. Those losses, combined with forward Chase Johnson transferring midseason, leave Florida short-handed in the frontcourt. UP NEXT Texas A&M begins a three-game homestand against Kansas State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday. Florida also takes a break from league action and plays at TCU in the Challenge on Saturday. ___ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - David Collins scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds and South Florida beat Wichita State 54-41 on Tuesday night after holding the Shockers to 15 first-half points, but scoring just 24 of their own in the second half. It was the fewest points the Bulls have allowed in a first half since the 15 scored by Ohio on Nov. 16, 2018. Their 24 points were the fewest they have scored in a second half since scoring 27 against Fairleigh Dickinson on Dec. 29, 2018. LaQuincy Rideau scored 11 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had four steals for South Florida (13-6, 3-4 American Athletic Conference), which shot 30 percent and made 6 of 19 3-pointers. South Florida led 12-2 on T.J. Lang's 3 while the Shockers made just 1 of 12 shots on 8-percent shooting with 11:54 left. Rideau's free throws capped a 5-0 run for a 30-15 halftime lead. The Shockers closed to 37-31 on Jamarius Burton's layup after an 11-0 run, but Alexis Yetna and Collins each hit 3s and the Bulls led 50-39 with 3:19 to go. Markis McDuffie scored 11 points for Wichita State (8-10, 1-5), which has lost six of its last seven and has yet to win on the road this season.
  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Pick 4 Evening' game were: 6-8-0-1 (six, eight, zero, one)
  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Pick 3 Evening' game were: 2-7-7 (two, seven, seven)
  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Pick 5 Evening' game were: 4-1-2-7-8 (four, one, two, seven, eight)
  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Pick 2 Evening' game were: 3-4 (three, four)
  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Mfiondu Kabengele scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half and David Nichols added 16 points as Florida State halted a three-game slide with a 77-68 win over Clemson on Tuesday. Nichols made four 3-pointers for the Seminoles (14-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). Florida State came into the game shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc but made 10 3-pointers against Clemson. That's the most for the Seminoles in an ACC game and one short of the season high. The Seminoles had a lead in the final three seconds against No. 1 Duke on Jan. 12 but lost 80-78. They then dropped back-to-back road games against Pittsburgh and Boston College. 'This is a very important victory for us - to stop the bleeding,' Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. 'We were two seconds away from defeating the No. 1 team in the country and then all of a sudden we had an emotional setback. 'You have to learn how to handle victories but you also have to learn how to handle losses, too. I think we showed a little of our immaturity.' The Seminoles' veterans as well as the newcomers showed their fight on Tuesday. After they trailed for most of the game, Florida State used a 13-0 run to take a 63-55 lead with 6:50 left. The run was sparked by consecutive 3-pointers from RaiQuan Gray, Devin Vassell and Nichols and the Seminoles were in control the rest of the way. Aamir Sims scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half for Clemson (11-7, 1-4), which has lost four of its last five games. Elijah Thomas also had 17 points and 11 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the season. 'Disappointed with the way we defended in the second half,' Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. 'I thought our offensive struggles affected our defense. We just didn't play the way we needed to play.' Kabengele scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting in 25 minutes. The sophomore forward came off the bench to score in double figures for the 11th time in 19 games this season. Nichols, a graduate transfer from Albany, made a season-best four 3-pointers. He shot 6 of 10 from the floor. The Seminoles shot 45.5 percent (25 of 55) from the floor and 45.5 percent (10 of 22) from beyond the 3-point arc. Clemson shot 44.8 percent (26 of 58) from the floor, but made just 1 of 9 shots from beyond the arc in the second half. BIG PICTURE Clemson: The Tigers have rarely had much luck in Tallahassee, going 8-23 all-time on the road in the series. Florida State: Playing without star senior forward Phil Cofer, who has a foot injury, the Seminoles won their fourth straight at home against Clemson. BENCH PRODUCTION The Seminoles' bench contributed 45 points on Tuesday. Florida State's reserves have outscored opponents 204-70 in its six ACC games. 'Everybody is important,' Kabengele said. 'The way our bench responded today was outstanding.' PROTECTING HOME COURT Florida State is now 40-3 at home since the beginning of 2015-16 season. The Seminoles are 9-1 at the Donald L. Tucker Center this season. UP NEXT Clemson plays at NC State on Saturday. Florida State travels to Miami on Sunday. The Seminoles defeated the Hurricanes 68-62 on Jan. 9.