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FAMU on a roll as Bethune-Cookman awaits in Florida Classic

ORLANDO — Each year when it comes time for the Florida Classic, everyone says throw out the records, they mean nothing.

This year it's different. The record means everything for Florida A&M. The Rattlers (4-6) are on a roll with only archrival Bethune-Cookman (3-5) standing in the way of their first five-win season since 2011. The teams meet at 2 today at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

In the annual football showdown between the state's historically black colleges, the atmosphere and emotions usually help to even the playing field, regardless of records. FAMU, however, is riding a 4-2 stretch that has seen the Rattlers turn an 0-4 start into positive signs for the future under second-year coach Alex Wood.

Wood downplays the recent success. "When the dust clears at the end, see where we are," Wood said. "We've got to do whatever we can do to try to win (today) and then go from there."

LATE THURSDAY: No. 5 in the College Football Playoff rankings, Louisville's 36-10 loss at Houston was good news for the Big Ten, which has a better chance at getting two teams into the playoff. Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin are all in the running. Louisville (9-2) trailed 31-0 at halftime. "We blew it," Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino said.


FSU TOPS WINTHROP: Michael Ojo recorded the first double double of his career with 13 points and 10 rebounds as host Florida State beat Winthrop 100-86. The 7-foot-1 senior center missed last season with a knee injury.

Dwayne Bacon led the Seminoles (3-0) with 15 points and Jonathan Isaac and Christ Koumadje added 14 apiece.

It was the fifth time in a regular-season game in coach Leonard Hamilton's 15 seasons that the Seminoles scored in triple figures.

Winthrop got within 58-54 five minutes into the second half then FSU went on a 9-0 run.

The Seminoles host Detroit Mercy on Sunday, the first time since 1994 they will face the Titans.

NO. 3 VILLANOVA 96, WAKE 77: Josh Hart scored a career-high 30 with six 3-pointers and the Wildcats (4-0) reached the final of the Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

WOMEN: No. 6 Maryland 106, Mount St. Mary's 42: Brionna Jones had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the host Terrapins (3-0) overcame a sluggish start in a game that started at 11 a.m.

DURHAM ENTERS HALL: Hugh Durham, who retired as the career coaching wins leader at FSU (230-95 from 1966-78), Georgia and Jacksonville, was among those enshrined into the Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Mo. Durham, 79, coached the FSU team that lost 81-76 to Bill Walton and UCLA in the 1972 NCAA title game. Durham also played basketball at FSU, where he is in the school's Hall of Fame. Friday night's other inductees: Dominique Wilkins, who played for Durham at Georgia and became a nine-time NBA All-Star; the late Bob Boozer, a star in the 1950s at Kansas State; Doug Collins, who played at Illinois State before a long career as an NBA player and coach; DePaul star Mark Aguirre; longtime college coach Mike Montgomery; former La Salle standout Lionel Simmons; and former UCLA standout Jamaal Wilkes.

WRESTLING: Columbia University completed its investigation into lewd and racist text messages shared by wrestlers and announced that it had suspended some for the rest of the academic year, barred others from competing until the spring semester and cleared the remainder to resume competition this weekend.

FAMU on a roll as Bethune-Cookman awaits in Florida Classic 11/18/16 [Last modified: Friday, November 18, 2016 10:48pm]
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