Florida International vs South Alabama

FIU 65, South Alabama 62


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Phil Taylor scored 20 points and DeJuan Wright 18 to lead Florida International to a 65-62 victory over South Alabama in a Sun Belt Conference game Thursday night.

After Wright gave the Golden Panthers (5-13, 2-4) a 60-58 lead with 1:59 remaining, Augustine Rubit scored twice on layups to put the Jaguars (10-7, 2-4) ahead 62-60. Both layups came after Brandon Moore had blocked South Alabama shots.

Wright's three-point play with 59 seconds left returned the lead to FIU, and after a steal by Dominique Ferguson, Taylor's two free throws with 3 seconds to play provided the final margin.

FIU, which had lost seven of its previous eight games, shot 54.3 percent (25 of 46), including 63.6 percent (7 of 11) from 3-point range. Taylor was 4 of 5 behind the arc.

Michael Ammons had 15 points to lead South Alabama scorers, and Rubit had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

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Florida International Golden Panthers
D. Ferguson, F364-62-281110
B. Moore, C353-40-11136
D. Wright, G377-132-454418
P. Taylor, G348-174-521224
J. Allen, G162-50-06025
G. Dierickx151-10-01152
S. Miro150-00-01200
D. Hill80-00-01200
C. Bell40-00-00010
J. De La Rosa00-00-00000
Totals 25-468-1228121865
South Alabama Jaguars
A. Rubit, F385-132-4102212
J. Carter, F261-20-02102
F. Goldstein, G343-82-202410
M. Ammons, G336-91-431315
T. Anderson, G214-70-02448
D. Jones143-61-22118
A. Lundy111-23-41005
D. Hersey91-40-02002
W. Wright80-00-00000
J. Diaz60-10-01000
Totals 24-529-1628111462
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.5-013-428
Western Ky.5-013-538
Old Dominion4-113-4102
North Texas3-210-8182
So. Miss2-49-10205
UT-San Antonio2-49-10285
La. Tech1-510-9153

Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Ga. Southern5-114-5127
Texas St.5-112-7251
Georgia St.4-213-6173
App. St.3-38-11238
S. Alabama2-39-9243
Little Rock2-45-14274
Coast. Car.1-57-12262
Arkansas St.1-56-13312
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Virginia 70 Final
GT 38
Illinois 52 Final
PSU 54
NC 82 Final
VT 68
PEP 47 Final