Arkansas-Little Rock vs Florida International

FIU 69, UALR 54

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Malik Smith hit eight 3-pointers and scored 25 points as Florida International defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 69-54 Saturday night in the second round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

Smith was 8 of 10 beyond the arc for the fourth-seeded Golden Panthers (17-13), who will face top-seeded Middle Tennessee in the semifinals on Sunday.

Derric Hill added 12 points and seven assists for Florida International, and Tymell Murphy also scored 12.

John Gillon led fifth-seeded Little Rock (17-15) with 16 points, and Leroy Isler had 13. The Trojans shot just 31 percent from the field, including 3 of 18 on 3-point attempts.

Behind Smith's marksmanship, the Panthers finished 11 for 26 beyond the arc.

Florida International jumped out to a 26-11 lead en route to a 34-26 halftime advantage. Little Rock got within 40-35 with 12:38 remaining, but Murphy hit two baskets and Smith followed with a 3 for a 47-35 lead as the Panthers pulled away for good.

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Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans
W. Neighbour, F362-101-210046
M. Javes, F241-42-65014
L. Isler, G375-102-440213
J. Hagins, G261-51-21443
K. Osse, G142-62-33016
J. Gillon293-99-930416
B. Dillard130-20-00120
G. Leeper121-14-43026
S. Billings40-10-01000
J. White40-10-01000
T. Crass10-00-00000
Totals 15-4921-303652054
 30.6%70% 
Florida International Golden Panthers
J. Frink, F321-41-36034
T. Murphy, F305-82-213212
I. Jurkovic, C131-40-05042
M. Smith, G358-101-230325
D. Hill, G324-64-687412
T. Akomolafe253-62-23249
C. Bell221-62-22035
J. Ferrales50-10-21110
M. Porcher Jimenez30-30-00000
G. Belardo10-00-00000
J. De La Rosa10-00-02010
M. Nunez10-10-00000
Totals 23-4912-1934132569
 46.9%63.2% 
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Ga. Southern14-622-9113
UL-Monroe14-624-14132
UL Lafayette13-722-14143
UT-Arlington10-1016-15185
App. St.9-1112-17250
S. Alabama9-1112-21275
UALR8-1213-18276
Texas St.7-1314-17236
Arkansas St.6-1411-18277
Troy5-1510-19313

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La. Tech15-327-958
Old Dominion13-527-846
UTEP13-522-1178
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UAB12-620-16129
Middle Tenn.9-919-17139
FIU8-1016-17217
UT-San Antonio8-1014-16237
North Texas8-1014-17224
Rice8-1012-20248
Charlotte7-1114-18211
Marshall7-1111-21296
So. Miss4-149-20283
FAU2-169-20303
 
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