MIAMI (AP) — 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.