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December 12, 2011

FIU snaps losing skid

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Led by tournament MVP DeJuan Wright, the FIU men's basketball team (3-6), defeated the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (4-4), 58-56, in the final game of the 2011 Etech Lumberjack Classic.

Wright, who scored a game-high 18 points, converted 5-of-6 shots from the floor and was a perfect 2-of-2 from 3-point range. Sophomore Phil Taylor, who also earned all-tournament honors, finished the game with six points and a game-high five assists. The Marietta, Ga., native hit a key 3-pointer with under two minutes left to give the Panthers a four-point lead.

Sophomore Dominique Ferguson scored a season-high 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting and grabbed a team-high five rebounds. Also scoring in double-figures was senior Jeremy Allen, who posted 11 points, three assists and two steals.

Handing the Lumberjacks their first home loss of the season, FIU shot 58.3 percent (21-of-36) from the floor and 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from beyond the arc.

The Panthers held a 35-28 advantage at the half, shooting 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the floor and 60.0 percent (3-of-5) from beyond the arc. Wright led all scorers with 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting in the first 20 minutes, including a trey at the buzzer to give FIU a seven-point lead at the half.

For the game, FIU forced 12 turnovers for 13 points, while SFA held a 25-21 advantage in the rebounding category.

The Lumberjacks, who were led by Jereal Scott (15 points), finished the night shooting 44.7 percent (21-of-47) from the floor and 33.3 percent (4-of-12) from 3-point range.

With the win, FIU snapped a three-game losing skid and registered its first road victory of the season.

FIU travels to College Park, Md., to take on the Maryland Terrapins on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Game time is 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.

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