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Owls fall to FIU for second time in 4 days

Panthers overcome 14-point deficit, don’t allow field goal in final 4 minutes of 66-59 win

FIU forward Devon Andrews shoots over FAU forward Karlis Silins in the second half of a game, Feb. 8, 2020, in Boca Raton, Florida. The Panthers beat the Owls 66-59.
FIU forward Devon Andrews shoots over FAU forward Karlis Silins in the second half of a game, Feb. 8, 2020, in Boca Raton, Florida. The Panthers beat the Owls 66-59. (Courtesy of Neil Gershman/WPLG)

BOCA RATON, Fla. – For the second time in four days, Florida Atlantic lost to rival Florida International.

After beating the Owls at home Wednesday night, FIU (17-8, 8-4 Conference USA) went on an 8-0 run in the final minutes Saturday and overcame a 14-point deficit to sweep FAU 66-59 in Boca Raton.

Neither team led by more than three points through the game’s first 10 minutes. The score was tied 20-20 when the Owls went on a 19-5 run to take a 39-25 lead and took a 39-27 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.

FIU narrowed the gap in the second half, tying the game 51-51 with 9:22 to play.

With FAU (14-11, 6-6 C-USA) leading 59-58, the Panthers forced three turnovers and didn’t allow a field goal in the final four minutes.

The Panthers beat FAU 69-50 in their first meeting earlier this week.


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