Recap: FIU vs. South Alabama
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - DeJuan Wright was sensational as he scored 35 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the FIU Golden Panthers to an 81-74 victory over the South Alabama Jaguars in the Sun Belt Conference finale for both sides at U.S. Century Bank Arena.
Jeremy Allen added 21 points as FIU (8-20, 5-11 SBC) snapped its five-game losing streak. Deric Hill dished out nine assists in the winning effort.
Augustine Rubit paced USA (16-11, 8-8) with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Mychal Ammons added 12 points and Freddie Goldstein chipped in 10 points as the Jaguars' four-game winning streak ended.
After recovering from a 6-0 deficit, the Golden Panthers took a 41-30 lead into the intermission by shooting 41.2 percent from the field and converting 12-of-14 at the charity stripe in the opening period. USA fell behind after it made just 38.7 percent of its field goals in the first half.
FIU extended its lead to 14 points with 10:19 remaining in the contest. The Jaguars narrowed the margin by shooting 59.4 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes, but it was not enough to rally all the way back.
The Golden Panthers made 25-of-31 from the free throw line to power its victory, while USA went just 8-of-15 from the charity stripe in the contest.Game Notes