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.
Morant, Murray State take aim at Florida State
Ja Morant lived up to the hype with a memorable first-round performance.
Tillie rises high for huge slam
Gonzaga big man Killian Tillie gets out on the break and throws down the thunderous one-handed dunk over two defenders.
St. Mary's come up short in first round defeat to Villanova
Despite shooting well from behind the arc, St. Mary's fell short in a hard-fought 61-57 defeat against defending NCAA Tournament champion Villanova.