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FIU cruises past UAB 68-56 in season finale

In the second half, UAB got as close as three points, 58-55, on a William Lee dunk with 2:22 to play but FIU took off again after that and cruised to the win (FILE PHOTO)

Michael Kessens and Eric Lockett scored 14 points apiece and Florida International cruised past UAB 68-56 in a regular season finale for both teams on Saturday night.

Anthony Boswell added 11 points for the Golden Panthers (7-24, 3-15 C-USA). The win snaps a five-game slide.

FIU averaged 47 percent shooting from the floor compared to 32 percent for UAB. Each team made 25 attempts from 3-point range. FIU made eight of them (32 percent) while UAB made just four (16 percent).

The Golden Panthers went on top 20-9 midway through the first half and never trailed after that. They were up 38-32 at the break.

In the second half, UAB got as close as three points, 58-55, on a William Lee dunk with 2:22 to play but FIU took off again after that and cruised to the win.

Hakeem Baxter scored 14 points for the Blazers (16-15, 9-9).


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