A crowd announced at 1,394 packed the lower bowl at FIU Arena Friday night. Despite the Panthers’ 74-48 rout of Florida Memorial, FIU men’s basketball coach Anthony Evans gave few stars in rating the show his team put on for the home folks.
FIU (3-0) blew out to a 37-19 halftime lead on Florida Memorial and never let the Lions (0-2) closer than 12 in the second half. Senior Dennis Mavin led FIU (3-0) with 19 points on six of 10 shooting from the field. Junior center Adrian Diaz came down with 11 rebounds and put in 10 points. Guard Ray Rodriguez scored 13 points, handed out six assists and was six of six from the free throw line.
The rest of the team went 16 of 29 from the line. The Panthers contributed 14 of the game’s 35 turnovers. Evans rarely looked happy after two early FIU turnovers prompted him to yank starting point guard Tashawn Desir to the bench less than three minutes into the game.
"Lack of concentration, plain and simple," Evans said. "We weren’t focused coming out from the start and they took advantage of that. It’s something we’re going to have to work on."
Asked what he thought the Panthers did well, Evans said, "I’ll have to watch the film. I just think as a team, we have to take advantage of every opportunity when we step on the floor to get better. I didn’t think we got much better tonight. I thought we reverted back to some old habits. And those are things we have to break."
Florida Memorial (0-2) got a game-high 22 points from Samuel Dorismund.
From 9-7, the Panthers got on a 23-7 run that included eight points by Rodriguez and two layups and a dunk in transition by Mavin. Daviyon Draper came up with a steal, an assist and a three-pointer during the run.