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Dennis Mavin lifts FIU Panthers past Florida Gulf Coast

Dennis Mavin scored a career-high 27 points, and Florida International used a 12-0 run in the second half to take control for a 69-63 win over Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers on Sunday.

The Panthers (6-4) were trailing 41-37 when Mavin drove for a layup at the 12:38 mark. Dominique Williams had consecutive baskets for the lead, and when Marco Porcher Jimenez hit a three-pointer at 8:35, it was 49-41.

The Eagles (8-2), who suffered their first home loss, got back within three, but Mavin answered quickly with a layup and Porcher Jimenez hit another three. FGU couldn't make the stops for a final run.

Porcher Jimenez had four three-pointers and 14 points.


▪ No.4 Louisville 68, UNC Wilmington 57: Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell each scored 19 points as the host Cardinals (9-0) held off the Seahawks (3-3).

Harrell also grabbed 17 rebounds for Louisville, which saw its 18-point, second-half lead cut to 52-50 before the Seahawks cooled off, missing 10 of their final 13 shots.

Louisville shot just 42 percent from the field and made only one of 13 three-point attempts.

▪ No.7 Villanova 85, Temple 62: Josh Hart and Darrun Hilliard each scored 20 points to lead the host Wildcats (10-0) over the Owls (6-4). Villanova is 10-0 for the second consecutive season.

Hart and Hilliard became the first Wildcats to score 20 points this season. Both players made 6 of 7 shots from the field with three three-pointers.

Quenton DeCosey led Temple with 18 points.

▪ No.14 Iowa State 88, Southern 76: Georges Niang and Bryce Dejean-Jones each scored 18 points, and the host Cyclones (8-1) held off the Jaguars (2-8) for their fifth win in a row.

▪ Tennessee 67, No.15 Butler 55: Josh Richardson scored 18 of his 20 points after halftime, and the host Volunteers (4-3) rallied from a 12-point, second-half deficit to beat the Bulldogs (8-2).

Butler gave up the most points it has allowed all season. The Bulldogs had held eight of its first nine opponents below 60 points.

▪ No.17 Washington 81, Eastern Washington 77: Robert Upshaw had 21 points and nine rebounds as the host Huskies (8-0) rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Eagles (8-2).

▪ No.22 West Virginia 69, Marshall 66: Juwan Staten scored 15 points, including two free throws with seven seconds left, as the Mountaineers (9-1) beat the Thundering Herd (3-6) in Charleston, West Virginia.

▪ No.24 St. John’s 74, Fordham 53: Rysheed Jordan had 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting, and D’Angelo Harrison added 22 on 8-of-11 shooting as the Red Storm (8-1) routed the Rams (3-5) at the MSG Holiday Festival in New York.


▪ No.9 Gonzaga 87, UCLA 74: Kyle Wiltjer scored 24 points, and the Bulldogs (9-1) led all the way in handing the Bruins (8-3) their first home loss and snapping UCLA’s four-game winning streak.


▪ No.1 South Carolina 111, Savannah State 49: A’ja Wilson scored 23 points and Elem Ibiam had 21, both career highs, as the host Gamecocks (9-0) routed the Tigers (4-3) and broke 100 points for the first time in coach Dawn Staley’s seven seasons. South Carolina shot 58.5 percent from the field and outrebounded Savannah State 56-21.

▪ No.3 Texas 74, Northwestern State 34: Kelsey Lang and Tasia Foman each scored 12 points as the host Longhorns (8-0) trounced the Demons (4-4).

▪ No.6 North Carolina 84, Appalachian State 52: Stephanie Mavunga had 19 points and nine rebounds, leading the host Tar Heels (8-0) to a rout of the Mountaineers (3-4).

▪ No.8 Kentucky 71, Belmont 55: Azia Bishop had 15 points and 12 rebounds, helping the host Wildcats (10-1) beat the Bruins (2-7).

▪ No.9 Baylor 96, Stephen F. Austin 57: Nina Davis scored 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting as the host Bears (8-1) coasted past the Lumberjacks (5-4).

▪ No.11 Tennessee 55, No.17 Rutgers 45: Isabelle Harrison scored all 11 of her points in the second half as the Volunteers (7-2) used a late run to beat the host Scarlet Knights (8-2).

▪ Jacksonville 76, FIU 64: Ladeyah Forte’ had 18 points, leading the host Dolphins (3-5) past the Panthers (1-6). Kiandre’a Pound led FIU with 17 points.