Scores

Final

FIU 64

(7-25, 4-14 Sun Belt)

Denver 71

(18-12, 10-8 Sun Belt)

    10:40 PM ET, March 6, 2010

    1 2 T
    FIU 26 3864
    DEN 29 4271

    Top Performers

    Florida International: M. Bright 16 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Denver: J. Coughlin 17 Pts, 1 Reb, 4 Ast

    Denver 71, FIU 64

    Associated Press

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Brian Stafford and Justin Coughlin scored 17 points apiece Saturday to lead Denver over Florida International 71-64 in an opening-round game of the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

    Nate Rohnert and Chase Hallam added 14 points each for the sixth-seeded Pioneers (18-12), who advance to face No. 3 Middle Tennessee on Sunday. Rohnert also had nine rebounds for Denver.

    Phil Gary had 23 points for Florida International (7-25), which lost its ninth straight game. Marlon Bright added 16 points and nine rebounds, and Stephon Weaver had 12 points.

    Denver's 18 wins are the second-most in its Division I history and the most by the Pioneers since going 20-11 in 2004-05.

    Both teams spent a lot of time at the free-throw line Saturday. Denver was 27 for 35 at the line, while Florida International was 21 for 26.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    FIU
    DEN
    Points 64 71
    FG Made-Attempted 20-51 (.392) 19-40 (.475)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-12 (.250) 6-20 (.300)
    FT Made-Attempted 21-26 (.808) 27-35 (.771)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 9

    2009-10 Season

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