Florida International vs Florida Gulf Coast

Florida Gulf Coast 76, FIU 73


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
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
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
La. Tech15-327-958
Old Dominion13-527-846
Western Ky.12-620-12117
Middle Tenn.9-919-17139
UT-San Antonio8-1014-16237
North Texas8-1014-17224
So. Miss4-149-20283

Atlantic Sun
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
No. Florida12-223-12162
S.C. Upstate8-624-12209
N. Kentucky7-713-17264
Kennesaw St.4-1010-22319
Other games
WICH 60 Final
LAV 44 Final