Florida Gulf Coast 76, FIU 73
Chase Fieler and Christophe Varidel each pitched in 18 points as
Florida Gulf Coast beat Florida International 76-73 Thursday night
in a nonconference contest.
Florida Gulf Coast (7-4) led 43-31 at halftime, backed by 16
first-half points off the bench from Varidel. The junior went 4 of
6 from beyond the arc in the first half, and in the second, closed
out the scoring with two free throws with 6 seconds remaining.
The Golden Panthers (3-4) shot just 35.7 percent (10 of 28) in
the first half, but ticked up to 46.9 percent (15 of 32) in the
second. Gaby Belardo led FIU with 17 points, and Jerome Frink added
10 points and 10 rebounds.
FIU trailed 74-69 with 1:29 left, but Malik Smith’s free throws
with 49 seconds remaining capped a 4-0 run and pulled the Golden
Panthers within a point until Varidel hit his free throws.