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Jags WR Shorts wants more balls thrown his way

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts says he plans to talk to the coaching staff about getting more balls thrown his way earlier in the game.

Shorts was frustrated Sunday about his lack of involvement in Jacksonville's passing game in the Jaguars 27-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Shorts had just five passes thrown his way and finished with a pair of 11-yard catches in the game. Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne attempted 42 passes, completed 27 for 255 yards and one touchdown.

Shorts said Monday he had not yet spoken to head coach Gus Bradley or offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, but planned to do so before the team practices Wednesday.

Shorts is the team's leading receiver this season and came into Sunday's game with 48 catches in nine games.


Confident Rainey making impact with Buccaneers

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bobby Rainey is making the most of an opportunity to prove he belongs in the NFL.

The little known running back who's playing for his third team in less than two seasons has helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win two straight following an 0-8 start that put coach Greg Schiano's job in jeopardy.

He's averaging more than 5 yards per carry since being plucked from the waiver wire and thrust into the lineup because of injuries to Doug Martin and Mike James.

Tampa Bay plays at Detroit on Sunday.


Colts LB Walden, Bucs S Goldson suspended by NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — Colts linebacker Erik Walden's head-butt and Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson's helmet-to-helmet hit have earned one-game suspensions from the NFL.

The league announced the punishments Monday.

Walden pulled off the helmet of Titans tight end Delanie Walker, then slammed his own helmet into Walker's head during Indianapolis' game against Tennessee on Thursday.

Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness for his hit on a defenseless receiver, Roddy White, against Atlanta on Sunday.

It was Goldson's third such violation this season. He was fined $30,000 for hitting a defenseless player in the head and neck area in Week 1, then was initially suspended for a game for a helmet-to-helmet hit in Week 2. That ban was changed to a $100,000 fine on appeal.


Presbyterian comeback tops Toccoa Falls, 86-76

CLINTON, S.C. (AP) — Jordan Downing and William Truss combined to score 40 points and Truss pulled down 16 rebounds to lead Presbyterian to its first win of the season, coming from behind in the second half to beat Toccoa Falls, 86-76 Monday night.

The Blue Hose (1-3) trailed by four late in the fourth quarter and were down 37-35 at intermission.

Downing led Presbyterian with 21 points while Truss added 19 points by pulling down 11 offensive rebounds. The Blue Hose enjoyed a 50-39 advantage on the boards, grabbing 21 offensive rebounds.

Will Adams added 17 points by connecting on 5 of 8 from 3-point range, and Reggie Dillard added 14 points while dishing off 12 assists.

Josh Barrett led all scorers with 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Eagles (0-5). Derek Westfall added 18 points.


North Florida squeaks by Savannah State 66-63

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Beau Beech hit 12-of-13 free throws and scored a career-high 19 points to lead North Florida to a 66-63 win over Savannah State Monday.

Free throws made the difference in a game that was tied at 61 with 32 seconds remaining.

North Florida's Demarcus Daniels made two free throws and Charles McRoy added a third to make it 64-61. Saadiq Muhammad answered from the line for Savannah State, making a pair to close the gap to 64-63.

A Travis Wallace turnover gave Savannah State (2-3) a chance for the lead but Deven Williams, who totaled 16 points, missed a 3-point jumper. Jalen Nessbitt pulled down the rebound and then made two free throws to seal the victory for the Ospreys (2-3).

Neither team opened a significant lead. Savannah State held a 29-27 advantage at the half. There were nine lead changes.


Florida International defeats Stetson 75-66

MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Raymond Taylor had 18 points and seven assists to lead Florida International to 75-66 victory over Stetson Monday.

Jerome Frink contributed 17 points, Dennis Mavin had 13 and Tymell Murphy, who totaled 12 points, had his 35th career game in double figures.

Stetson (0-4), still looking for the first victory for coach Corey Williams, stayed close most of the game, but the hot-shooting Panthers took control in the middle of the second period. Florida International (5-2), which has won five straight games, shot 51 percent from the field. Stetson was only 25 of 66.

A Willie Green layup gave Stetson at 40-39 lead with 14:48 to go. The Hatters remained in front until a Frink layup with 12:47 remaining tied the score 42-42. Taylor followed that with a 3-point jump shot to put the Panthers in front to stay. A Frink layup with 4:36 remaining stretched the lead to 61-49.


Comer leads FGCU over Eckerd 72-55

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Brett Comer had 18 points and 8 assists on Monday night to lead Florida Gulf Coast over Eckerd 72-55.

FGCU (3-1) led only 48-46 with 10:54 left in the game before going on a 13-1 run over the next 5 minutes. The Eagles held a double-digit lead from there.

Chase Fieler had 15 points and eight rebounds and Filip Cvjeticanin had 12 points on four 3-pointers. All five of the Eagles' starters scored in double figures.

Eckerd (1-3) opened the second half on a 9-0 run to tie the game 37-37, but Cvjeticanin broke the run with one of his 3s and the FGCU never trailed again.

Alex Bodney led Eckerd with 18 points, but the Tritons struggled from the floor, shooting just 29 percent.

The only time Eckerd and FGCU met previously was in the first round of the 2005 Division II NCAA Championship which Eckerd won 81-79.


Brown, Toledo pull away to beat Florida A&M 79-69

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Julius Brown scored 18 points and dished out 11 assists to lead four Toledo players in double figures as the Rockets topped Florida A&M 79-69 Monday night.

After Reggie Lewis hit a jumper to pull Florida A&M (1-3) within two, 54-52, with 10:15 remaining, the Rockets reeled off a 10-2 run, extending their lead to 64-54 just under two minutes later. The biggest lead by either team prior to that point was a 21-16 advantage for Florida A&M with around 7 minutes to play in the first half. Justin Drummond scored five points in the Toledo (3-0) spurt.

Ryan Pearson scored 18 points, Drummond added 16 and Nathan Booth had 10 for the Rockets.

Jamie Adams paced the Rattlers with 18 points, hitting 5 of 7 3-point shots.

Brown scored nine points in the final 5:37 of the first half to give Toledo a 42-40 edge at the break.


Kelly's 18 leads Miami to 70-54 win at Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — James Kelly scored 18 points to lead a hot-shooting Miami to a 70-54 win over the College of Charleston on Monday night.

The Hurricanes (3-1) led by 15 at halftime, but Charleston came out and hit the first two shots of the second half to cut Miami's lead to 40-29. Kelly then hit a 3-pointer and Tonye Jekiri hit an uncontested layup that started a 15-6 run. By the time Donnavan Kirk hit a runner in the lane, the Hurricanes were up 55-35 with 10 minutes to go.

Charleston (1-3) would cut the lead to nine with three minutes left, but Manu Lecomte hit a driving layup and the Cougars never got closer.

Miami shot 7-of-11 on 3-pointers after coming into the game making just 29 percent of its shots behind the arc. The Hurricanes shot 51 percent (26-of-51) on the night.


No. 16 Florida loses Hill, beats Southern 67-53

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 16 Florida lost point guard Kasey Hill to an ankle injury in a 67-53 victory against Southern on Monday night.

Hill, a freshman averaging 10 points a game, badly sprained his left ankle early in the second half and had to be helped to the locker room. He did not return.

The injury could be problematic for Florida (3-1), which already is without point guard Scottie Wilbekin. The senior is suspended indefinitely, but he could return as early as next week.

The Gators had little trouble without Hill against the Jaguars (1-4).

Casey Prather had 10 points and nine rebounds, one of three players in double figures, as the Gators extended their home winning streak to 18. Florida led by 16 at halftime and cruised from there.

Calvin Godfrey led Southern with 18 points and nine rebounds. Trelun Banks added 12 points.