FIU Men’s Basketball Gets Back On Track With Win Over UAB

Guard Eric Lovett shooting a three against UAB. Jared Parker/PantherNOW

Jared Parker/Staff Writer

Eric Lovett led FIU with 23 points in a Thursday night domination over UAB. FIU got back on track after an “awful weekend” as Coach Jeremy Ballard stated.

FIU shot 16/23 from three, but Ballard said he’s not proud of the team for making 16 threes, rather, he’s proud of them for the work they put in Monday through Wednesday in practice.

Osasumwen Osaghae recorded 5 blocks and currently leads the nation in blocks with 74. Coach Ballard said he’s proud of Osaghae and praised his work ethic. Saying that Osaghae has worked on his game and his body, dubbing Osaghae “FIU Shot Block King.”

Coach Ballard gave much-awaited news regarding Tevin Brewer, saying that unfortunately, the starter’s season is finished due to injury.

Ballard went with a different look, bringing the team’s leading scorer Devon Andrews off the bench. Andrews scored 15 despite coming off the bench.

FIU’s free throw shooting was much better than their season average, shooting 81.8%, compared to the season average of 68.1%.

UAB outrebounded FIU 37 to 25, making it difficult for FIU to end opposing possessions at times. That did not matter to the result however, as the Panthers won 93-68.

FIU is still undefeated at home after this game, but Ballard said Middle Tennessee probably does not care about FIU’s home record. Saying the team must make sure they’re good at home again by “prepping and putting in the work.”

The Panthers host Middle Tennessee this upcoming Saturday at 7pm. Trejon Jacob wanted to put everyone on notice concluding the press conference saying “We ain’t done yet.”

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