FIU 80, Chattanooga 59

DeJuan Wright scored 18 points to lead Florida International

past Chattanooga 80-59 on Saturday night.

The Panthers (4-1) never trailed as five players scored in

double figures. Marvin Roberts and Phil Gary each finished with 15

points. Gary missed the previous game after suffering a concussion

in Florida International’s loss against Florida State Nov. 18.

Tremayne Russell scored on consecutive layups off Mocs turnovers

early in the second half and helped Florida International increase

a 13-point halftime lead to 48-32 with 15:20 left. Russell finished

with 13 points and Eric Frederick added 11.

The Mocs scored seven unanswered points and cut the Panthers’

lead to 48-39. Josh Odem’s corner 3-pointer with 12:26 ended the

spurt but Chattanooga could not get closer than the nine-point

deficit.

Odem led Chattanooga (2-5) with 13 points.