MIAMI (AP) — Tookie Brown scored 20 points, Ike Smith added 19 and Georgia Southern held off Florida International 75-68 on Thursday night.
Tied at the half, the Eagles broke away to a quick 10-point lead before the Panthers clawed back, eventually taking a 56-55 lead on a layup by Michael Kessens with 5:59 to play.
Jake Allsmiller then sandwiched 3-pointers around a layup by Mike Hughes to put Georgia Southern up seven with 3:13 to play. In the last two minutes, the Eagles made 10 of 12 free throws, including nine straight, to secure the win.
Allsmiller hit 5 of 7 behind the arc and scored 15 points for Georgia Southern (6-5).
Donte McGill set the FIU (3-8) school record with 30 straight free throws before finishing 7 of 8 and scoring 21 points. Kimar Williams added 15 points and 10 rebounds..
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