Liberty meets N. Fla. in Atlantic Sun semis
No. 3 seed North Florida (16-16, 10-7) vs. No. 2 seed Liberty (26-6, 15-2)
Atlantic Sun Conference Tourney Semifinals, Vines Center, Lynchburg, Virginia; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Garrett Sams recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds as North Florida defeated North Alabama 76-66 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tourney on Monday...
Sams scores 23 to carry North Florida past Stetson 77-67
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Garrett Sams had a season-high 23 points plus 11 rebounds as North Florida got past Stetson 77-67 on Tuesday night.
Sams scores 20 to lead North Florida over Liberty, 75-70
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Garrett Sams had 20 points, including six 3-pointers, as North Florida narrowly beat Liberty 75-70 on Saturday.
Caleb Homesley's 3-pointer drew Liberty to within...
Horchler scores 22 to lead North Florida over NJIT 64-63
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Noah Horchler had 22 points as North Florida narrowly beat NJIT 64-63 on Saturday.
North Florida led 63-52 with 1:33 remaining in the game but NJIT rallied with two 3-pointers and 5 of 5 from the free-throw line. Diandre Wilson made three free throws and NJIT trailed 64-63 with 23 seconds to go. The Highlanders fouled Ivan Gandia-Rosa, who missed both free throws with 11 seconds left. Abdul Lewis missed a jumper on NJIT's final possession.
Gandia-Rosa leads North Florida over Kennesaw State 80-57
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ivan Gandia-Rosa had 19 points to lead five North Florida players in double figures as the Ospreys rolled past Kennesaw State 80-57 on Wednesday night.
Noah Horchler added 16 points for the Ospreys. Garrett Sams chipped in 14, Wajid Aminu scored 11 and Carter Hendricksen had 10. Horchler also had 13 rebounds and three blocks for the Ospreys, while Aminu posted 10 rebounds and four blocks.
Horchler leads North Florida past North Alabama 82-73
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Noah Horchler had a career-high 32 points as North Florida defeated North Alabama 82-73 on Saturday.
Ivan Gandia-Rosa had 16 points, six rebounds and six assists for North Florida (10-16, 4-7 Atlantic Sun Conference), which ended its six-game losing streak. Ezekiel Balogun added 15 points and three blocks. Garrett Sams had seven rebounds for the visitors.
Liberty remains unbeaten in Atlantic Sun with 70-64 win
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Scottie James scored 18 points and Caleb Homesley 14 and Liberty remained undefeated in the Atlantic Sun Conference with a 70-64 victory on Saturday night for the Flames' sixth consecutive win.
James and Homesley scored 10 points each in the second half after Liberty (16-4, 5-0) trailed 35-32 at halftime.
There were 20 ties and 15 lead changes with Liberty going up for good with an 8-0 run covering nearly four minutes to lead 67-59 with 28 seconds remaining.
Horchler leads balanced North Florida past FGCU 87-66
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Noah Horchler scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, his ninth double-double of the season, and led a balanced North Florida past Florida Gulf Coast 87-66 on Saturday.
Horchler was one of five players to reach double figures for the Ospreys (8-10, 2-1 Atlantic Sun). Wajid Aminu added 16, Ivan Gandia-Rosa and J.T. Escobar 15 each and Garrett Sams 10. Aminu double-doubled with 12 rebounds, Gandia-Rosa added seven assists, Escobar hit four 3-pointers.
North Florida tops ASUN newcomer North Alabama 96-67
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Noah Horchler had 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists, Ivan Gandia-Rosa added 16 points and eight assists and North Florida beat Atlantic Sun newcomer North Alabama 96-67 on Saturday in a league opener.
North Florida has won eight in a row at home and UNA was seeking its first road win of the year.
Wajid Aminu added 15 points with six blocks for North Florida (7-9). Garrett Sams also had 15 points.
Sams, N. Florida use 2nd-half surge to down Florida National
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Garrett Sams scored 22 points and Noah Horchler scored 16 with 15 rebounds to lead North Florida to a 104-76 win over NAIA-member Florida National on Wednesday night.
Wajid Aminu and Ivan Gandia-Rosa each scored 14 points for the Ospreys (6-9), who have won all four of their home games. The win snapped a two-game losing streak, which came against then-No. 11 Florida State and No. 12 Auburn.
Horchler leads North Florida past Florida A&M 81-62
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Noah Horchler tossed in 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor and North Florida dominated the first half and cruised to an 81-62 victory over Florida A&M on Thursday night.
North Florida gets first win, beats Edward Waters 95-83
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ivan Gandia-Rosa scored 21 points and North Florida earned its first win of the season with a 95-83 victory over crosstown NAIA-member Edward Waters on Wednesday night.
Gandia-Rosa was 8-of-10 shooting from the field and made three 3-pointers. Garrett Sams added 16 points and Wajid Aminu had 14 points, 10 rebounds and blocked two shots for the Ospreys, who shot 29 of 58 (50 percent) from the floor. Carter Hendricksen chipped in 13 points off the bench.
North Florida dominates 2nd half, beats NJIT 86-75
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ivan Gandia-Rosa scored 23 points and Osborn Blount added 17 as North Florida dominated the second half to take an 86-75 victory over NJIT on Saturday.
Gandia-Rosa was 7 of 13 from the field while making 7 of 8 free throws. Blount matched his career high with four from distance to finish 5 of 9 from the floor. Garret Sams added 15 points and Noah Horchler had 11 with seven rebounds for North Florida (13-17, 7-6 Atlantic Sun Conference).
Aminu, Gandia-Rosa lead high-flying Ospreys to victory
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Wajid Aminu scored a career-high 29 points and Ivan Gandia-Rosa dished out a career-high 18 assists as North Florida came back to beat SC Upstate 109-100 on Thursday night.
SC Upstate controlled it for most of the first half, jumping out to a 34-20 lead in the first nine minutes. The Ospreys (12-17, 6-6 Atlantic Sun Conference) then took over using an 18-1 run in which they held SC Upstate to 0 for 8 from the field and forced 3 turnovers.
Kennesaw St. downs N. Florida behind Masterson’s 28 points
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Nick Masterson scored 28 points with six 3-pointers, James Scott added 17 points, and Kennesaw State used a late run to beat North Florida 89-81 on Thursday night to split the season series with the Ospreys.
Gandia-Rosa helps North Florida pull away from Stetson 73-65
DELAND, Fla. (AP) — Ivan Gandia-Rosa scored 10 of his 15 points after halftime, leading four into double-figure scoring and North Florida fended off Stetson 73-65 Saturday as the teams reached the halfway mark of Atlantic Sun Conference play.
North Florida beats Kennesaw State 85-78
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Noah Horchler had 15 points and 13 rebounds on Saturday night, his second straight double-double, and North Florida beat Kennesaw State 85-78.
Horchler's jumper with 1:36 left made it 79-76 and started an 8-0 run powered by 6-of-8 free throw shooting that helped the Ospreys (8-12, 2-1 Atlantic Sun) pull away to an 85-76 lead. Tyler Hooker's layup for the Owls with four seconds left capped the scoring for both teams.
Gandia-Rose scores in North Florida’s 102-96 victory
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ivan Gandia-Rosa scored a career-high 26 points, 18 in the second half, and North Florida beat Lipscomb 102-96 on Thursday night.
North Florida (7-12, 1-1 Atlantic Sun) had lost five of its previous six games and the Bisons (11-6, 1-1) had won five of six, but the Ospreys built an 18-point second-half lead then held on in the final frantic few minutes.
North Florida beats Trinity Baptist 85-58
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ivan Gandia-Rosa scored 14 points, and Noah Horchler had 12 points and 14 rebounds to lead North Florida to an 85-58 victory over Trinity Baptist on Saturday night.
Clutch baskets from Gandia-Rosa lead North Florida 84-81 OT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ivan Gandia-Rosa hit a beautiful, high-arcing 3-pointer from the top of the key to send the game into overtime, then scored the go-ahead basket as North Florida held off Eastern Michigan 84-81 in OT Wednesday night.
Gandia-Rosa has perfect night, North Florida wins 101-77
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ivan Gandia-Rosa had a perfect night shooting as he totaled 19 points to lead North Florida to its first win of the season, dominating NAIA Edward Waters 101-77 on Tuesday night.
Gandia-Rose made all four 3-point attempts to finish 7-of-7 shooting from the floor and made his only free throw attempt.