Scores

Final

Florida Atl 68

(6-6, 2-0 Sun Belt)

FIU 66

(6-6, 1-1 Sun Belt)

    7:00 PM ET, December 28, 2006

    U.S. Century Bank Arena, Miami, Florida

    1 2 T
    FAU 33 3568
    FIU 34 3266

    Top Performers

    Florida Atlantic: J. Parmer 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Florida International: A. Galindo 20 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Florida Atlantic 68, Florida International 66

    MIAMI (AP) -- DeAndre Rice's 22 points, including a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds remaining, helped push Florida Atlantic past Florida International 68-66 Thursday.

    FAU (6-6, 2-0) led by seven, 55-48, with 8:46 to play before the Golden Panthers (6-6, 1-1) began to chip away at the lead.

    A 3-pointer from Elvis Lora gave FIU a 59-58 advantage with 3:52 to play. From that point on, the lead changed seven times until Rice sank his game-winning 3-pointer.

    Lora drove toward the basket in the waning seconds to try and tie the game, only to be fouled by FAU's Derrick Simmons. Lora failed his first free throw attempt and purposely missed the second shot, hoping for an offensive rebound, but Simmons came away with the ball as time expired.

    Jeff Parmer contributed a career-high 21 points for FAU.

    Lora led FIU with 22, while Alex Galindo scored 20 points for the third straight game.

    FIU lost its first home game of the season and ended its season-best three-game win streak. FAU has now won six of its last eight games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    FAU
    FIU
    Points 68 66
    FG Made-Attempted 26-61 (.426) 22-47 (.468)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-19 (.263) 5-13 (.385)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-19 (.579) 17-29 (.586)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 6

    2006-07 Season

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