MIAMI -- Trejon Jacob scored five of his 24 points in the final two minutes to help Florida International pull away from Louisiana Tech 75-69 on Saturday.
The Golden Panthers (14-9, 5-5 Conference USA) tied it at 66 on Willy Nunez Jr.'s layup with 3:20 left. Jacob hit a 3-pointer with 1:45 left to give FIU the lead for good and Brian Beard Jr. scored back-to-back layups in the final minute to extend the lead to 73-66.
Louisiana Tech led 45-39 early in the second half. FIU went on an 11-2 run to take a 50-47 lead and the Panthers stayed in front until the Bulldogs briefly led at 66-64.
Jacob finished 6 of 13 from 3-point range for the Panthers. Beard added 16 points and nine assists and Nunez scored 14 with four 3s. Osasumwen Osaghae had eight points, five rebounds and six blocks.
McMillan, Freeman-Liberty help Valpo beat Evansville 67-65
Mileek McMillan scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, Javon Freeman-Liberty made 4-of-4 free throws in the final 29 seconds, and Valparaiso held on to beat Evansville 67-65 on Sunday night.
Drake slips past Missouri State 71-69
Anthony Murphy made 1 of 2 free throws with 4 seconds remaining in the game and Keandre Cook missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Drake edged Missouri State 71-69 on Sunday.
Berhow helps Northern Iowa top Loyola Chicago 67-62 in OT
Trae Berhow scored the first five points of overtime, finishing with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and Northern Iowa defeated Loyola Chicago 67-62 on Sunday to pull even with the Ramblers atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings.