Wright leads FIU past Florida Memorial 89-73

DeJuan Wright scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as

Florida International defeated Florida Memorial 89-73 on Friday

night to open Isiah Thomas’ second season as the Panthers’

coach.

Wright led four FIU players in double figures. Eric Frederick

added 16 points and nine rebounds, Marvin Roberts had 14 points and

Phil Gary had 12 points and four assists.

Antwan Baggs led Florida Memorial (0-1) with 14 points, seven

rebounds and four 3-pointers. Giorgio Gramegna added 13 points and

eight rebounds for the Lions.

FIU shot 54 percent on 34-of-63 shooting while Florida Memorial

shot 43.9 percent on 25-of-57 shooting. The Lions lost the ball 18

times to nine FIU turnovers.

FIU, which beat Florida Memorial by just six last season, opened

the second half on an 18-4 run. The Panthers’ biggest lead was

79-43 when Martavis Kee nailed a 3-pointer with 8:54 remaining.