Mavin, Diaz lead FIU over Charlotte 78-70
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Dennis Mavin scored 24 points and Florida International beat Charlotte 78-70 on Saturday night.
Adrian Diaz had 12 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks and Dominque Williams scored 13 points for FIU (10-10, 3-4 Conference USA), which made a season-high 13 3-pointers.
Mavin reached 1,000 career points with FIU’s first basket, 1:26 into the game. He scored 19 points in the first half as the Panthers took a 44-31 lead.
The Panthers used four straight 3-pointers to build their lead to 18, 69-51, with 9:46 left but didn’t score again for over six minutes as the 49ers cut the advantage to 69-64 with 4:07 remaining. The margin was six points with a minute to go before Williams scored the final basket of the game.
Braxton Ogbueze scored 18 points, Mike Thorne Jr. 16 and Torin Dorn 13 for Charlotte. Willie Clayton grabbed 12 rebounds.