Scores

Final

FGCU 64

(2-2, 0-2 away)

SMU 65

(2-2, 2-0 home)

    2:00 PM ET, November 19, 2011

    Moody Coliseum, Dallas, Texas

    1 2 T
    FGCU 35 2964
    SMU 30 3565

    Top Performers

    Florida Gulf Coast: C. Varidel 20 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast

    SMU: R. Nyakundi 18 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    SMU 65, Florida Gulf Coast 64

    Associated Press

    DALLAS -- Ryan Manuel's steal and layup with 21 seconds left capped a comeback from a 17-point second-half deficit, and SMU beat Florida Gulf Coast 65-64 on Saturday in an NIT Season Tip-Off game.

    SMU had taken a 63-62 lead on a 3-pointer by Robert Nyakundi, whose 18 points and eight rebounds led the Mustangs (2-2), with 2:17 left. But Chase Fieler hit two free throws with 1:50 to play to put the Eagles (2-2) back on top.

    Manuel then stole the ball from Sherwood Brown for the winning basket. The Eagles had two chances at the end, but Bernard Thompson and Brett Comer missed jumpers.

    Jalen Jones added 15 points for the Mustangs. London Giles had 11.

    Florida Gulf Coast led 49-32 with 15:28 left after a fast-break dunk by Dante Holmes, but couldn't hold the lead. The Eagles' Christophe Varidel led all scorers with 20 points, and Thompson added 11.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    FGCU
    SMU
    Points 64 65
    FG Made-Attempted 22-56 (.393) 20-47 (.426)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-20 (.500) 8-23 (.348)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-12 (.833) 17-23 (.739)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 17 3

    2011-12 Season

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