Florida Atlantic University 85, Florida International University 78

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- DeAndre Rice 29 points to lead Florida Atlantic University to a 85-78 win over Florida International University on Saturday.

FAU scored the first basket of the game and maintained a steady lead, ending the first half at 45-35. FAU only expanded their lead in the second half. They shot 51.9 percent from the field for the game.

FIU connected at 50.9 percent, 38.1 percent from downtown and outrebounded the Owls, 33-31.

Carlos Monroe finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds on 8-of-14 shooting, while Paul Graham added 10 points.

FIU was led by Johwen Villegas with 19 points as the Golden Panthers finished with four players in double-figures. Chris Fuller led Florida International with eight boards.