MIAMI (Feb. 23, 2012) -- Out-scored 8-3 in overtime, the FIU men's basketball team (7-20, 4-11 SBC) fell to the Troy Trojans (9-17, 4-11 SBC), 75-70, in overtime at U.S. Century Bank Arena on Thursday, Feb. 23.
Troy took a five-point advantage in overtime, hitting on back-to-back shots as Emil Jones recorded two points and Alan Jones sank a trey to give the Trojans a 72-67 lead with 2:06 remaining in the contest. Allen accounted for FIU's only points in overtime, hitting his third 3-pointer of the night to cut the Trojan lead to two with 1:56 left in contest. However, Troy hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 16 seconds to come away with the five-point victory.
Allen notched his eighth 20-point outing of the season, scoring 22 points on 9-of-20 shooting (3-of-11 from 3-point range), while registering a career-high five assists and tying a career-best with six steals. Taylor poured in 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting (4-of-6 from beyond the arc).
Senior DeJuan Wright posted the game's only double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds. For the Detroit, Mich., native, it marked his fifth double-double of the season as well as his fifth-straight, double-digit scoring performance.
The Panthers, which shot 50.0 percent (26-of-52) for the game, held an eight-point lead with 5:31 left in regulation. However, the Trojans chipped away at FIU's lead, out-scoring the Panthers, 10-2, to tie the game at 67-all with 38 seconds left on the clock. FIU had a chance to take the lead with time winding down. However, a Troy stop gave the Trojans the final shot, as Will Weather attempted the go-ahead bucket. Junior Brandon Moore registered his only block of the game, swatting Weathers' attempt and sending the game to overtime.
For the contest, FIU converted 10-of-25 (40.0 percent) from 3-point range and 72.7 percent (8-of-11) from the free-throw line. The Trojans finished the night hitting on 40.3 percent (25-of-62) of their attempts, including 29.6 percent from 3-point range (8-of-27).
Troy held a 35-31 advantage heading into halftime, despite FIU going on a 20-8 run to start the contest. The Trojans were led by E. Jones, who posted 17 points and recorded six rebounds. Also, scoring in double-figures for Troy was A. Jones, who had 15 points. Troy ended the contest shooting 70.8 percent from the free-throw line, converting 17-of-24 shots.
In all, the Panthers committed 19 turnovers, resulting in 23 points for the Trojans. FIU out-rebounded Troy, 36-31. However, the Trojans held a 26-22 edge in points in the paint.
The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for FIU over Troy and marks the ninth-straight defeat at home for the Panthers. FIU is now 1-2 this season when playing in overtime contests.
FIU will close out the 2011-2012 regular season on Saturday, Feb. 25, hosting the South Alabama Jaguars. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. at U.S. Century Bank Arena.
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About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 17 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.
About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls 46,000 students in two campus and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in17 sports. In 2010 the Panthers won their first bowl game. For more information about FIU, visithttp://www.fiu.edu/.