East Carolina Falls to Florida International, 68-64
Jan. 18, 2014
From staff and wire reports
MIAMI - Rakeem Buckles scored 18 points, including a pair of free throws with 7 seconds to play, grabbed 11 rebounds and swiped four steals as Florida International beat East Carolina 68-64 Saturday.
Jerome Fink's layup with 1:53 remaining gave FIU (10-9, 2-2 Conference USA) a 66-62 lead.After Buckles missed the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity, Michael Zangari hit a pair of free throws to pull ECU within two with 33 seconds left,
Dennis Mavin also missed the front end of a 1-and-1 which gave the Pirates a chance to go ahead or tie, but Zangari failed to convert on his 1-and-1 opportunity and bucles grabbed the rebound and foul setting up another 1-and-1 which he missed again.
On the ensuing possession, Akeem Richmond missed a 3-point shot for the Pirates and again Buckles grabbed the rebound and was fouled. With the luxury of having two free throws, Buckles calmly stepped up and iced the game..
Tymell Murphy added 18 points, seven boards and four assists for the Golden Panthers, who shot 52 percent from the floor. Dennis Mavin scored 10 points.
Just as they did Thursday against Florida Atlantic, the Pirates (11-7, 0-3) rushed out to an early lead only to have it disappear before reclaiming it to take a slim advantage into intermission. Prince Williams buried his first 3-pointer of the season right before the halftime buzzer to give ECU a 37-33 edge.
Despite going nearly seven minutes without a field goal in the first half, the Pirates shot 48.0-percent in the opening 20 minutes and held FIU to a respectable 42.1-percent shooting. However, the second half numbers proved to be much different.
The Panthers made 59.3-percent of its field goal attempts (16-27) and the Pirates made just 10-of-25 (.400) shots, including just 1-of-11 behind the arc during the second half which featured five ties and seven lead changes.
Paris Roberts-Campbell led ECU with 15 points and a career-high seven assists. Zangari added 14 points, Caleb White 11 and Antonio Robinson 10. Richmond was held under double figures for the first time this season, finishing with nine points.
The Pirates will return to the court Thursday as they host Tulane inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum at 7 p.m.