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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Scoreboard
Florida International (3-4)314273
Florida Gulf Coast (7-4) «433376

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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
Middle Tenn.0-07-113
La. Tech0-07-389
Marshall0-07-3165
Old Dominion0-07-367
FAU0-06-3108
So. Miss0-06-4257
UAB0-06-4188
Western Ky.0-06-472
North Texas0-06-5256
UT-San Antonio0-06-5241
FIU0-05-5280
Charlotte0-03-6331
UTEP0-03-6212
Rice0-03-7301

Atlantic Sun
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
FGCU0-07-4109
Lipscomb0-07-433
Stetson0-07-5284
N.J. Tech0-05-6193
No. Florida0-05-7185
Jacksonville0-04-7328
S.C. Upstate0-03-9325
Kennesaw St.0-01-8251
 
Other games
WICH 60 Final
TENN 69
LAV 44 Final
UNLV 91