FSU rolls, OSU upset , Auburn heads to title game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - No. 1 Florida State romped and No. 2 Ohio State stumbled, and now the SEC has chance to win its eighth straight BCS championship.
The Seminoles will play No. 3 Auburn in the BCS title game Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif., after the Tigers capped their remarkable turnaround season with a wild victory over Missouri in the Southeastern Conference title game, and then the Buckeyes were upset by Michigan State in the Big Ten on Saturday night.
For Florida State, it was business as usual against No. 20 Duke. Jameis Winston passed for 330 yards and accounted for four touchdowns, just another huge game for the Heisman Trophy favorite, and the Seminoles' defense smothered the Blue Devils 45-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in Charlotte.
Winston leads No. 1 FSU over No. 20 Duke 45-7
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and No. 1 Florida State stormed into the BCS national championship game with a 45-7 victory over 20th-ranked Duke on Saturday night in the ACC championship game.
The Heisman Trophy favorite was 19 of 32 for 330 yards and set FBS freshman records for TD passes and yards passing in a season two days after prosecutors decided not to press charges against him in a sexual assault case.
Winston threw two touchdown passes to 6-foot-5, 234-pound receiver Kelvin Benjamin and ran for a 17-yard score to overcome two interceptions.
Florida State's defense was dominant, holding Duke to 239 yards and forcing three turnovers to help the Seminoles win their second straight ACC title.
It was Florida State's 12th win by at least 27 points. The Seminoles (13-0) entered as 29-point favorites after outscoring its opponents by an average of 43 points.
Report: FSU and Fisher agree to new deal
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Palm Beach Post is reporting that Florida State and coach Jimbo Fisher have agreed to new contract that will pay him about $4.1 million per year.
The top-ranked Seminoles were playing No. 20 Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship on Saturday night when the newspaper reported a new deal for Fisher, citing unidentified sources. The deal will reportedly be for between five and seven years.
Florida State spokesman Elliott Finebloom says the school cannot confirm the report.
Fisher's current deal pays him $2.75 million. The new deal would put him among the highest paid coaches in the country. Fisher is 43-10 in four seasons at Florida State since taking over for Bobby Bowden.
North Carolina beats UNC Greensboro 81-50
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - James Michael McAdoo had 13 points to shake free of his recent struggles and help North Carolina beat UNC Greensboro 81-50 on Saturday night.
Brice Johnson scored a game-high 14 off the bench as the Tar Heels (6-2) followed their road upset of No. 1 Michigan State with an easy home win. North Carolina blew the game open with a 25-1 run to close the first half, including the last 20 points, in the first meeting between the instate programs. UNC led by 30 at halftime and never let the Spartans (4-5) get closer than 21.
Kyle Cain and Kayel Locke each scored 13 to lead UNC Greensboro, coached by former Tar Heels player Wes Miller. The Spartans went the final 8-plus minutes of the first half without a basket and shot just 6-for-21 (29 percent) in the half as the Tar Heels raced ahead and never looked back.
Hot-shooting Liberty overwhelms Greensboro 84-47
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Tomasz Gielo scored 13 points while Antwan Burrus and John-Caleb Sanders each added 12 as Liberty rolled past Division-III Greensboro 84-47 Saturday night.
Liberty (4-5) jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back, using a 27-7 run fueled by 3-pointers from Sanders and Casey Roberts to coast toward a 29-point lead at halftime. The Flames continued the onslaught in the second half, leading by as much as 45.
Burrus, Gielo and Sanders combined to shoot an efficient 14 of 18, helping Liberty to a 62.2 field goal percentage. Burrus had a game-high six rebounds, while Gielo and Sanders each pulled down five.
Greensboro struggled from the field, managing just 17 points in the first half, making 18 of its 54 attempts, and was outrebounded 40-19.
Tracy Jester led the Pride with nine points and Edric Roberts had eight.
Johnson & Wales (NC) loses to Davidson 105-63
(Davidson 105, Johnson & Wales (NC) 63)
DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) - Tyler Kalinoski recorded 23 points and Tom Droney 18, as Davidson routed Johnson & Wales (NC) 105-63 on Saturday night.
Davidson (4-5) doubled-up on Division III Johnson and Wales at halftime, leading 52-26, in a half that included seven Davidson steals; a plus-seven turnover ratio and Davidson shooting 56 percent from the floor compared to Johnson & Wales 33 percent.
Johnson & Wales was able to hang for the first five minutes trailing only 13-11 until Davidson's Division I talent level overwhelmed J&W and the rout began, despite Davidson's leading scorer De'Mon Brooks looking on from the bench with a knee injury.
Davidson cleared the bench in the effort with 11 Wildcats scoring and J&W was able to get as close as 17 in the second before Davidson pushed it back to 42 points at the buzzer.
DeQuincey Bennett scored 17 and Kindrick Anderson 15 for J&W.
Wake Forest rallies to beat Richmond 76-66 in OT
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 26 points and Wake Forest rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half to beat Richmond 76-66 in overtime Saturday.
Tyler Cavanaugh added 15 points for the Demon Deacons (8-2), including a pair of free throws early in overtime that put Wake Forest ahead to stay.
Devin Thomas had 11 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, and Travis McKie 10 points for the Demon Deacons, who have won two straight.
Cedrick Lindsay scored 18 points and Kendall Anthony 14 for the Spiders (7-3), who led by as many as 12 points midway through the second half and forced Wake Forest into 21 turnovers.
However, the Demon Deacons fought back, with Miller-McIntyre tying the score at 61 with two free throws with 7.4 seconds left in regulation.
Wake Forest, which had a 53-24 rebounding advantage, then held Richmond to just one field goal in overtime.
Gardner-Webb trumps The Citadel 67-55
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Donta Harper scored 13 points to lead Gardner-Webb past The Citadel 67-55 Saturday afternoon.
Tyler Strange added 11 points for the Runnin' Bulldogs (5-5), while Tyrell Nelson chipped in with 10.
The Citadel (3-8) was led by Brian White with 13 points and C.J. Bray added 11 points. The Citadel shot just 38 percent from the floor, including just 2 of 15 from beyond the arc.
Gardner Webb ran up a 9-point halftime lead while leading as much as 13 in the frame. Harper made an emphatic dunk to open the second half, but The Citadel cut the lead to 40-33 at 15:22 on Bray's jumper. They got as close as four points after a pair of free throws by Tom Koopman at 10:23, but Gardner-Webb used an 18-6 run to blow it open late in the game.
GWU outscored The Citadel 30-24 in the paint.
Warren leads NC State over Long Beach State 76-66
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - T.J. Warren scored 23 points to lead North Carolina State to a 76-66 victory over Long Beach State Saturday afternoon at PNC Arena.
NC State (6-2) pulled away midway in the second half after Long Beach State (1-9) cut the lead to 50-49 with 12:41 left. A three-point play by Warren, as well as key hoops by Ralston Turner and Kyle Washington, led an 11-2 run to give the Wolfpack a 61-51 lead.
Anthony "Cat" Barber (19 points) and Desmond Lee (15 points) controlled the first half. Both players had 11 points apiece as NC State led 36-29 at halftime.
Long Beach State scored 14 of its 29 first-half points inside the paint. Dan Jennings scored 10 of his 12 first-half points going right at 7-1 Jordan Vandenberg.
Jennings finished with 18 points and David Samuels added 15 points for Long Beach State.
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