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HBCU Night | Magic Fall to Knicks in Narrow Win

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It was a tough loss for the home team at the Amway. Despite Markelle Fultz’s 21 points, Franz Wagner’s 18, and Paolo Banchero’s 16, the Orlando Magic were unable to secure the victory against the New York Knicks on Tuesday, succumbing 102-98 in the Amway Center. The Magic had led for much of the game and adhered to their defensive strategies, but couldn’t close the deal.

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The Orlando Magic saw their third largest attendance for a game on Tuesday, which was 19,438, second only to the 19,482 who attended the Lakers game on December 27th of 2022.

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orlando magic vs knicks 2023

orlando magic vs knicks 2023

To kick off the game, the Magic were lacking a few players and then lost Cole Anthony after he reaggravated a big toe injury in the first quarter.

”We’ve just got to play through these things. That’s why you get paid a lot of money,” Wagner said. ”I do feel bad for the guys that are hurt, though, just to put it in perspective.”

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Ignas Brazdeikis scored a 3-pointer to put the Magic up 45-44 with 3:51 left in the first half, however shortly after they went more than a 7-minute stretch without a field goal. Mitchell Robinson then dunked twice to end the first half with the Knicks up 10 points. To add to their lead, the Knicks scored the first seven points of the second half, with Robinson dunking for the last two.

Defensively Coming Alive

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“We love that. We love every bit of that. He takes pride in that. If he continues to play at the rate he is, he will be an all-first-team defensive player. Because of his tenacity and because of his football background, he likes to hit people. He’s now learning how to navigate when and where to hit along with using active hands to defend without fouling.” – Magic Head Coach Jamahl Mosley about Jalen Suggs’

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HBCU Night featuring the B-CU Marching Tigers

The Orlando Magic and the NBA are proud to celebrate February as Black History Month in order to commemorate the achievements of African Americans and their unique contributions to our communities. The Orlando Magic are showing their support by hosting a variety of activities for the month, tipping off on Tuesday. The team is committed to honoring this important month and celebrating the history, culture, legacies, and stories of members of the African American community. Additionally, the Orlando Magic have partnered with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to continue their celebration of Black History Month by providing opportunities for engagement and education. Through these HBCU partnerships, the Orlando Magic strive to create meaningful experiences for its fans during this special time.

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The Marching Tigers performed an amazing set at the Amway Center Tuesday. We hope that performance carries over to the football program that has been having coaching woes that last month. They have now secured a coach in Alumini Raymond Woodie Jr.

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Next Game for Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic have the chance to make a statement against the Denver Nuggets when they return to the Amway Center Thursday. It’s a great opportunity for the Magic to show that their loss previously to the Nuggets was a fluke, and that they can take a tight previous loss to the Nuggets and learn from it. With the home crowd cheering them on, the Magic will be looking for another victory under their belt. I’m sure the team is confident and focused on getting the job done and making a statement against the Nuggets. Go Magic!

 

 

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Ratters Gain Bragging Rights Against BCU in Florida Classic

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In the much-anticipated Week 12 clash between the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and the powerhouse Florida A&M Rattlers, the stakes were high as both teams approached the grand finale of their Southwestern Athletic Conference regular-season campaign.

This annual showdown between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is not merely confined to the realm of football; it stands as a cherished tradition with significance that transcends the boundaries of the playing field. FAMU has won 10 games since 1999 and BCU needed an answer to the dominate performances but couldn’t find one.

 

The Rattlers, going into the game FAMU was boasting an impressive 9-1 record, including a flawless 7-0 SWAC performance, have ascended to the seventh position in the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll. Their momentum continued with a commanding 28-0 victory over Lincoln (CA) last week, marking their eighth consecutive triumph.

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The spotlight of this electrifying showdown not only falls on team accomplishments but also on individual performances that fueled the Rattlers’ dominance. Quarterback Moussa delivered a stellar performance, amassing 150 yards with a 14/21 completion rate, and showcasing precision in execution. However, it was the Rattlers’ elite rushing corps that truly stole the show, with three different players rushing for 30+ yards. Terrel Jennings emerged as the standout, making a lasting impact with 2 touchdowns and an impressive 62 yards on 8 carries.

On the Bethune-Cookman side, quarterback Walter Simmons demonstrated resilience with 79 yards, 1 interception, and a rushing touchdown. Although the rushing core exhibited decent performances, amassing a total of 127 rushing yards, they fell short in securing touchdowns. Jimmie Robinson III led the core with notable contributions.

As the dust settles on this fierce encounter, it becomes evident that Bethune-Cookman faces a strategic challenge in capitalizing on its rushing game to open up more intermediate throwing lanes. The need for refinement in their offensive approach is clear, and the Wildcats will undoubtedly be seeking solutions as they navigate the remainder of the season.

With the Rattlers reveling in their triumph, this dynamic matchup sets the stage for further excitement as both teams chart their course toward postseason glory. Stay tuned for more gridiron drama and the unfolding narrative of SWAC supremacy.”

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Bethune-Cookman Roars to Victory with a Dominant Ground Game, Defeating Alabama A&M 31-14

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In a resounding display of ground dominance, Bethune-Cookman delivered a season-best performance, rushing for an impressive 412 yards and securing a convincing 31-14 victory over Alabama A&M at Daytona Stadium in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) football clash. The game, dedicated to “Senior Appreciation Day,” paid tribute to 22 seniors from various facets of the Wildcats’ community.

Ground Attack Reigns Supreme

Bethune-Cookman’s ground assault was led by Walter Simmons III, who garnered a game-high 165 yards. The Wildcats boasted three players with over 100 rushing yards, showcasing the depth of their formidable running game.

A Fourth-Quarter Surge

Despite trailing 14-7 at halftime, Bethune-Cookman staged a remarkable comeback, outscoring the Bulldogs 21-0 in a dominant fourth quarter. The turning point came when Mar’Kai Shaw, fueled by a 52-yard sprint, secured a crucial touchdown, giving the Maroon and Gold a 17-14 lead.

Simmons’ Dual Threat

Walter Simmons III, stepping in after an injury to starting quarterback Tylik Bethea, showcased his dual-threat capabilities. Simmons not only orchestrated a 47-yard touchdown run but also added a 22-yard rush, contributing to the Wildcats’ fourth-quarter surge.

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Defensive Brilliance

The Wildcats’ defense intensified in the second half, with Omari Hill-Robinson intercepting a Quincy Casey pass and setting the stage for Simmons’ second score. The defensive effort, featuring key plays from Dearis Thomas, Joshua Thornhill, and others, proved instrumental in stifling Alabama A&M.

Looking Ahead

Bethune-Cookman concludes the 2023 season on a high note, finishing 3-1 at home. The Wildcats now set their sights on the Florida Blue Florida Classic in Orlando, Florida, facing in-state rival Florida A&M on November 18th at Camping World Stadium. With a potent ground game and resilient defense, Bethune-Cookman aims to cap the season with another triumph in this highly anticipated matchup.

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Florida A&M Dominates Lincoln (Ca.) with a Resounding 28-0 Victory

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In a commanding defensive showcase, Florida A&M extended their home winning streak to an impressive 19 games by overpowering Lincoln (Ca.) with a decisive 28-0 triumph. The Rattlers showcased their prowess on both ends of the field, improving their season record to an impressive 9-1, while Lincoln (Ca.) struggled, falling to 0-11.

Defensive Brilliance Takes Center Stage

Florida A&M’s defensive unit orchestrated a masterclass, holding the Oaklanders to a mere 171 total yards. The Rattlers asserted their dominance by restricting both the passing and rushing game, allowing only 139 yards through the air and a mere 32 on the ground. Defensive standouts, led by Deco Wilson with five tackles, one interception, and a defensive touchdown, ensured that the Oaklanders found little room to maneuver. James Ash contributed with an interception, and Johnny Chaney Jr. added four tackles, 1.0 TFL, and a crucial sack.

Ground Game Dominance

Terrell Jennings led the Rattlers’ ground assault, amassing 53 yards with an impressive 6.6 yards per carry, while Kevin Sawyer Jr. contributed 37 yards with a remarkable 9.2 yards per carry. Nicholas Dixon chipped in with two catches for 25 yards, adding versatility to Florida A&M’s offensive display.

Game-Changing Moments

Florida A&M seized control early, scoring with just 16 seconds left in the first quarter to establish a 7-0 lead. A relentless offensive effort and a stellar defensive showcase allowed the Rattlers to extend their lead to 21-0. The dominance continued, with another touchdown at 1:02 left in the third quarter, solidifying the 28-0 victory.

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Statistical Highlights

Florida A&M outpaced Lincoln (Ca.) with 236 total yards compared to 171, including a commanding 141-32 advantage in rushing yards. The Rattlers won the turnover battle, securing two interceptions while surrendering the ball only once. Notably, they showcased a flawless red-zone defense, allowing zero points in two trips.

In a game marked by defensive prowess, offensive efficiency, and strategic dominance, Florida A&M’s resounding victory underscored their status as a force to be reckoned with in collegiate football. With an unyielding home winning streak and a standout defensive performance, the Rattlers are poised for continued success on the gridiron.**

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