Florida International vs Western Kentucky

W. Kentucky 76, FIU 63


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - George Fant scored 24 points as Western Kentucky pulled away in the second half to beat Florida International 76-63 in a Sun Belt Conference game Thursday night.

Kevin Kaspar didn't start for the Hilltoppers (9-5, 3-0) but logged 17 points in 37 minutes, including three second-half 3-pointers.

Western Kentucky led 69-58 after two free throws by Brandon Harris, who finished with 13 points, including all seven of his free throws in the final 2:12.

The Hilltoppers, who had lost three straight, led 17-6 in the first half but the Golden Panthers (4-6, 1-2) tied it 33-33 at halftime.

Malik Smith led FIU with 20 points. Jerome Frink added 15 and Tymell Murphy 14.

Both teams lost recently to No. 4 Louisville by nearly identical scores. FIU, coached by Richard Pitino, lost 79-55 to his father Rick's squad on Dec. 19. The Hilltoppers lost 78-55 to the Cardinals last Saturday.

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Florida International Golden Panthers
T. Murphy, F396-112-281414
T. Akomolafe, F311-42-45254
J. Frink, F276-71-240515
M. Smith, G376-133-411120
G. Belardo, G270-50-01510
J. Ferrales163-60-03006
M. Porcher Jimenez151-41-23144
D. Hill70-00-01000
J. De La Rosa10-00-00000
Totals 23-509-1426102063
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
G. Fant, F359-126-650224
O. Akamune, F90-10-00010
A. Rostov, C101-10-00012
B. Harris, G402-47-8106213
P. Blade, G20-00-02000
K. Kaspar376-100-034117
T. Price364-142-425112
S. Drane283-42-35058
T. Akol10-00-00010
E. Alcantara10-00-00000
M. Vasquez10-00-00000
K. Jakes00-00-00000
S. Sheldon00-00-00000
Totals 25-4617-2129151476
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Middle Tenn.17-131-535
La. Tech14-423-10117
Old Dominion12-619-12136
Western Ky.9-915-17226
UT-San Antonio8-1014-19264
So. Miss6-129-22331
North Texas2-168-22339
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