GAME THREAD: FIU vs FAU - 01/04/15 @ 2:00 PM
What: FIU (7-6) vs FAU (7-4)
When: Sunday, Jan 4th @ 2:00 PM
Where: FAU Arena
Live Video: Here *FEE
Radio: ESPN 106.3 FM
Live Stats: Here
Panthers Team Site: Here
G Dennis Mavin 16.2 ppg
G Tashawn Desir 3.8 ppg
G Dominique Williams 7.5 ppg
F Kris Gulley 3.5 ppg
F Adrian Diaz 13.2 ppg
G Marquan Botley 12.6 ppg
G Solomon Poole 14.0 ppg
G Jackson Trapp 11.7 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 5.6 ppg
C C.J. Turman 5.0 ppg
Florida International leads 19-15, and has taken four of the last five contests.
2/04/12 *H L 56-76
2/07/13 *A L 84-65
3/02/13 *H W 77-60
1/25/14 *A L 57-66
3/06/14 *H L 70-74
FIU at a Glance
Offense - 63.5 PPG, 44.4% FG, 28.4% 3PT
Defense - 61.5 PGA, 40.1% FGA, 29.6% 3PTA
Rebounding - 35.1 PG Team, 33.8 PG Opponents
The Panthers registered their fourth win by 20 or more points behind a 76-55 romp over Florida A&M last Monday night. In the process, they established season highs for field goals made (30), field goal percentage (53.6), three-pointers (9), and total points (76).
Like the Owls, they have made a living off of defense and are 7-1 when holding opponents below 42.2% in field goal percentage.
The duo of forward Adrian Diaz (64.0% FG) and guard Dennis Mavin (45.5% FG) have proved efficient in shooting and account for 39% of Florida International's total shot attempts for the year.
However, the Panthers don't shoot the three well regularly and are just 28.4% - ranking them 319th amongst the 345 teams at the DI level.
FAU at a Glance
Offense - 63.1 PPG, 43.7% FG, 36.8% 3PT
Defense - 59.2 PGA, 41.1% FGA, 23.0% 3PTA
Rebounding - 32.4 PG Team, 33.1 PG Opponents
Florida Atlantic returns to The Burrow after a 68-50 win over in state opponent Jacksonville. Kelvin Penn had career highs with a 100 percent field goal percentage and nine defensive rebounds, but the Owls set a season low in blocks (1).
Leading scorer Solomon Poole enjoyed a 19 point outing before family and friends in the visit to his hometown.
The Owls are first in the nation in three-point percentage defense at 23.0%, and 40th overall in scoring defense with just 59.2 points per game allowed.
The team is a perfect 5-0 when scoring 68 or more points or having a 47.1% or better overall shooting effort.
Guard Jackson Trapp falls just below the leagues 2.0 makes per contest (1.90) at the charity stripe for ranking consideration, but has the best showing there at 87.5% (21-of-24).
Point guard D'Andre Johnson is still listed as "day-to-day" as of Friday night.
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