MIAMI – UAB’s fell to FIU 93-68 at Ocean Bank Convocation Center on Thursday night.
Eric Lovett and Trejon Jacob combined for 44 points, scoring 23 and 21 respectively for the Panthers (12-6, 3-2 C-USA). Devon Andrews scored 15 points off the bench.
After the teams exchanged 3-pointers to open the game, FIU went on a 14-5 run to take a nine point lead on a dunk by Osasumwen Osaghae at 11:38 of the first half.
The Blazers would close the gap to four points after a layup by Kassim Nicholson and an and-1 by Jordan Brinson that made the score 17-13. FIU would respond with a 13-2 run to take a 30-15 advantage with 6:57 remaining.
The Panthers used a barrage of 3-pointers to take a commanding 45-24 lead heading into halftime.
In the second half, FIU’s lead would get as high as 25 points twice – the later on a Andrews 3-pointer that closed out the game’s scoring.
FIU made 16-of-23 3-pointers (69.6 percent) led by five from Lovett. UAB outrebounded the Panthers 37-25.
UAB will remain on the road to face Florida Atlantic (12-6, 4-1 C-USA) on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. The Owls are coming off a 97-94 overtime victory against Middle Tennessee.