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Gators rip North Florida; Duke up next

JACKSONVILLE — Chris Chiozza had 16 points and nine assists, and Justin Leon had 13 points as No. 24 Florida beat North Florida 91-60 Thursday.

"I like this gym a lot," Chiozza said. "We shoot really well in here. It's like playing in a high school gym. I think we were all good shooters in high school."

It was the first game for the Gators (7-1) as a ranked team during coach Mike White's two seasons in Gainesville. Dallas Moore finished with 31 points for the Ospreys (3-6).

Up next for Florida is No. 5 Duke on Tuesday in New York, their first meeting since the 2000 NCAA Tournament.

USF WINS: Geno Thorpe scored USF's final 20 points for a career-high 22 as the Bulls (4-2) held off Troy 80-74. Thorpe made 12 of 13 free throws against the Trojans (3-4). Troy Holston was 6-of-13 from the floor for 15 points and Luis Santos made all seven shots for a career-best 14 for USF.

HURT HOOSIER: Indiana forward OG Anunoby is out indefinitely after injuring his ankle late in Wednesday's win over No. 3 North Carolina. Anunoby scored 16 to help the No. 13 Hoosiers upset the visiting Tar Heels.

Women

No. 2 UConn 91, No. 15 DePaul 46: Kia Nurse scored a career-high 33 to lead the host Huskies to their 81st straight win, toppling the Blue Demons (5-2).

No. 3 S.C. 76, No. 14 Texas 67: A'ja Wilson scored a career-best 31 and had 12 rebounds to pace the visiting Gamecocks (6-0) over the Longhorns (2-3) in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

No. 5 Maryland 78, No. 7 L'ville 72: Kaila Charles scored the go-ahead basket with 2:20 left to boost the visiting Terrapins (7-0) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge over the Cardinals (6-2).

No. 18 Miami 94, Ohio St. 89, OT: Keyona Hayes scored 23, Jessica Thomas added 16 and the visiting Hurricanes (6-1) outlasted the Buckeyes (5-3) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Ohio State's Sierra Calhoun's 3 at the buzzer forced overtime at 84.

Football: IU coach resigns

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana coach Kevin Wilson abruptly resigned, less than a week after his team became bowl-eligible for a second straight season. Former USF defensive coordinator Tom Allen, who left last winter for the same job at Indiana, was named the permanent coach.

"Once Coach Wilson and I concluded to part ways, I turned to determining who the best person in the country would be to keep up our momentum and take us to another level," athletic director Fred Glass said. "I quickly concluded that person was in our midst in Tom Allen. He is a leader of men. He is demanding without being demeaning. He is a proven, successful coach on a national scale with deep Indiana ties."

Allen never has been a college head coach, but he was coach at Indianapolis' Ben Davis High for three years and was coach at now-defunct Temple Heights in Temple Terrace shortly after graduating from college. He also served as an Armwood High assistant.

Glass cited "philosophical differences" with Wilson. There were reports that Wilson had pushed players to return from injury. Glass said the issue was looked into by a law firm hired by the university. "I understand there's been a lot of back-and-forth about former players and those sorts of things," he said. "I'll just tell you we have no outstanding claims of medical cases."

Glass said no potential NCAA violations were involved: "There is no smoking gun or single precipitating event that led to where we are. I think it's really a realization by myself and Kevin that we're not on the same page."

Wilson was 26-47 in six seasons. His agent did not return messages left seeking comment.

MISSOURI: Defensive end Charles Harris says he will skip his senior year and declare himself eligible for the draft.

Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report.

Gators rip North Florida; Duke up next 12/01/16 [Last modified: Thursday, December 1, 2016 11:10pm]
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