Florida International vs Louisiana-Monroe

FIU 67, Louisiana-Monroe 58

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MONROE, La. (AP) - Malik Smith scored 16 points, Tymell Murphy added 15 and Florida International scored 17 unanswered points in a late surge to defeat Louisiana-Monroe 67-58 Thursday night and win its third straight game.

The Panthers (16-12, 11-8 Sun Belt Conference), who had to rally in the last minute to defeat the Warhawks 76-73 on Feb. 2, trailed by 11 with 2:38 to go in the first half.

FIU then launched a 22-6 run spanning both halves and eventually grew its lead to 11.

Louisiana-Monroe came back to pull ahead 51-48 with 6:09 remaining. Still down by three with 5:33 left, the Panthers scored 17 straight points in the next 5 minutes, with six different players scoring.

FIU tallied 31 points off 21 Warhawks turnovers.

Jerome Frink added 13 points for the Panthers.

Trent Mackey scored 17 and Amos Olatayo 15 for Louisiana-Monroe (4-21, 3-16), which dropped its fourth straight game.

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Scoreboard
Florida International (16-12) «234467
Louisiana-Monroe (4-21)302858

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Florida International Golden Panthers
J. Frink, F386-91-361113
I. Jurkovic, C70-00-01010
D. Hill, G391-55-62428
M. Smith, G346-141-211016
C. Bell, G263-72-27428
T. Murphy257-101-222115
T. Akomolafe151-22-43235
M. Porcher Jimenez110-12-20102
J. Ferrales50-10-01000
J. De La Rosa00-00-00010
Totals 24-4914-2126151167
 49%66.7% 
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
J. James, F383-100-09716
M. Brown, F171-40-28122
T. Mackey, G397-100-043317
R. McCray, G313-70-03117
A. Olatayo, G257-131-140215
K. Koszuta283-70-01259
T. Lindsey211-50-01452
T. Birchett10-00-00000
Totals 25-561-332181958
 44.6%33.3% 
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Middle Tenn.17-131-535
La. Tech14-423-10117
Old Dominion12-619-12136
UTEP12-615-17222
Rice11-723-12168
Marshall10-820-15112
UAB9-917-16198
Western Ky.9-915-17226
UT-San Antonio8-1014-19264
Charlotte7-1113-17243
FAU6-1210-20282
So. Miss6-129-22331
FIU3-157-24337
North Texas2-168-22339

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UT-Arlington14-427-945
Georgia St.12-620-13104
Arkansas St.11-720-12120
Texas St.11-722-14179
Ga. Southern11-718-15122
UL Lafayette10-821-12114
Troy10-822-15147
Coast. Car.10-820-19183
S. Alabama7-1114-18231
Little Rock6-1215-17244
App. St.4-149-21300
UL-Monroe2-169-24297
 
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