Scores

Final

FIU 65

(5-13, 2-4 Sun Belt)

South Alabama 62

(10-7, 2-4 Sun Belt)

    8:05 PM ET, January 19, 2012

    Mitchell Center, Mobile, Alabama

    1 2 T
    FIU 32 3365
    USA 32 3062

    Top Performers

    Florida International: D. Wright 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    South Alabama: M. Ammons 15 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    FIU 65, South Alabama 62

    Associated Press

    MOBILE, Ala. -- Phil Taylor scored 20 points and DeJuan Wright 18 to lead Florida International to a 65-62 victory over South Alabama in a Sun Belt Conference game Thursday night.

    After Wright gave the Golden Panthers (5-13, 2-4) a 60-58 lead with 1:59 remaining, Augustine Rubit scored twice on layups to put the Jaguars (10-7, 2-4) ahead 62-60. Both layups came after Brandon Moore had blocked South Alabama shots.

    Wright's three-point play with 59 seconds left returned the lead to FIU, and after a steal by Dominique Ferguson, Taylor's two free throws with 3 seconds to play provided the final margin.

    FIU, which had lost seven of its previous eight games, shot 54.3 percent (25 of 46), including 63.6 percent (7 of 11) from 3-point range. Taylor was 4 of 5 behind the arc.

    Michael Ammons had 15 points to lead South Alabama scorers, and Rubit had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    FIU
    USA
    Points 65 62
    FG Made-Attempted 25-46 (.543) 24-52 (.462)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-11 (.636) 5-16 (.313)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-12 (.667) 9-16 (.563)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 3

    2011-12 Season

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