by Tom Morgan

Demar DeRozan torched the Magic for 36 points and the Toronto Raptors defeated Orlando 131-112 Monday night.

DeRozan was 13-of-21 shooting and made 9 of 14 free throws.

Serge Ibaka, who was traded by the Magic to the Raptors for guard Terrance Ross last month, added 16 points and 7 rebounds. 

Ross scored 17 points and had 4 steals in his first game back in the Air Canada Centre.

The difference in the game was from the three-point line.  The Raptors shot 10-of-15 from three, while the Magic were just 4-of-20. 

Elfrid Payton led Orlando with 22 points and 9 assists.  Nic Vucevic had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

The Magic are second-to-last in the East at 27-and-47.  They host the Thunder tomorrow.

In other state sports news...

  • Kaela Davis scored 23 points and top-seeded South Carolina held off No. 3 seed Florida State 71-64 Monday night to win the Stockton Regional. The Noles cut into a Gamecocks lead at 65-to-62 with 3:51 left, but that's as close as they came. Leticia Romero had 16 points for FSU, which was trying to advance to their first, ever, Final Four.
  • The UCF basketball team is about to play its biggest game in school history.  The Knights clash with fellow four-seed TCU tonight in the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden in New York.  Georgia Tech and Cal State Bakersfield meet in the other semi.  The championship game is Thursday.
  • Yanni Gourde scored in overtime as the Lightning rallied past the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 at Amalie Arena.  Jonathan Drouin scored twice in a three-goal third period as Tampa Bay came back from a 4-1 deficit.  The Bolts are one point out of the second wild card in the East with 83. 
  • Cameron Newbauer has been hired as the head coach of the University of Florida women's basketball program. The 38-year old Newbauer spent the previous four seasons as head coach at Belmont University. Under Newbauer,  the Bruins reached the postseason three times, including NCAA Tournament berths the last two seasons.  He replaces Amanda Butler, who was fired earlier this month.