The Panthers jumped out to a 14-6 lead in the beginning of the first half but quickly lost it thanks to the play of FGCU's Bernard Thompson who scored 8 in the first half. FIU was paced in the first half by Tymell Murphy who had 11 as the Panthers took a 30-26 lead into halftime.
The second half started nip and tuck until the Eagles went on a 7-0 run at the 12:00 mark in the 2nd half to give FGCU a 51-46 lead with nine minutes left in the game. FIU stormed back and tied the contest with 3:39 on the clock. Panthers guard Dennis Mavin sealed the win for FIU by hitting a 3 with 1:28 left to put FIU up by 7.
Murphy led the Panthers with 23 points while Brett Cormer and Chase Fieler each had 14 for the Eagles.
Coach Davis complemented his team defense saying, "We have guys who rebound on both sides which helps us get better shots and have the ability to stay in the basketball game."
The Panthers look to build on this win but have a two week layoff before defending national champion Louisville comes to campus. FGCU has a home game against Samford next Saturday.
By Steve Etter, Miami Reporter, @SteveEtter1