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Florida International vs Florida Gulf Coast

Florida Gulf Coast 76, FIU 73

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Chase Fieler and Christophe Varidel each pitched in 18 points as Florida Gulf Coast beat Florida International 76-73 Thursday night in a nonconference contest.

Florida Gulf Coast (7-4) led 43-31 at halftime, backed by 16 first-half points off the bench from Varidel. The junior went 4 of 6 from beyond the arc in the first half, and in the second, closed out the scoring with two free throws with 6 seconds remaining.

The Golden Panthers (3-4) shot just 35.7 percent (10 of 28) in the first half, but ticked up to 46.9 percent (15 of 32) in the second. Gaby Belardo led FIU with 17 points, and Jerome Frink added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

FIU trailed 74-69 with 1:29 left, but Malik Smith's free throws with 49 seconds remaining capped a 4-0 run and pulled the Golden Panthers within a point until Varidel hit his free throws.

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Florida International Golden Panthers
T. Murphy, F317-91-241515
T. Akomolafe, F292-62-26117
I. Jurkovic, C90-10-00000
M. Smith, G344-152-400214
G. Belardo, G326-122-547217
J. Frink274-71-4100510
J. Ferrales240-54-42024
M. Porcher Jimenez81-31-21104
J. De La Rosa40-10-01020
D. Hill21-10-01002
Totals 25-6013-2334101973
 41.7%56.5% 
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
C. Fieler, F308-112-450318
E. Murray, F212-40-05014
S. Brown, G342-51-29025
B. Comer, G346-112-457214
B. Thompson, G286-92-713414
C. Varidel205-104-430318
E. McKnight191-11-24113
F. Cvjeticanin100-20-00230
D. Graf40-10-00010
Totals 30-5412-2334132076
 55.6%52.2% 
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Old Dominion0-09-116
La. Tech0-08-3224
UTEP0-06-445
FAU0-05-4148
North Texas0-05-4216
So. Miss0-05-4313
Charlotte0-06-549
FIU0-06-5124
Middle Tenn.0-06-5179
Western Ky.0-05-5135
UT-San Antonio0-04-4306
Marshall0-04-7239
UAB0-04-7297
Rice0-03-6349

Atlantic Sun
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
FGCU0-09-282
S.C. Upstate0-09-4180
No. Florida0-07-5147
Northern Kentucky0-05-6213
Lipscomb0-04-7247
Kennesaw St.0-04-8199
Jacksonville0-04-9342
Stetson0-03-9335
 
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WICH 60 Final
TENN 69
LAV 44 Final
UNLV 91