FIU Men’s Basketball Drop Third Stop Lost To North Texas

The Panthers during tip-off against North Texas. Jared Parker/PantherNOW

Jared Parker/Staff Writer

FIU Men’s basketball team lost their second home game this season, to the North Texas Mean Green on Thursday night.

This is the 3rd straight game the Panthers have dropped, their worst skid this season.

Several issues plagued the Panthers in their loss, starting with their inability to take care of the ball, recording 12 turnovers.

Free throw shooting was a struggle for FIU Thursday night, shooting a poor 52% from the stripe.

Umoja Gibson of North Texas was a problem for FIU, scoring 23 points and shooting 6/9 from three. Gibson was also present on defense, logging 3 steals.

Devon Andrews, the team’s leading scorer struggled Thursday night with 7 points on 16.7% shooting. Andrews was scoreless in the first half.

Osasu Osaghae played relatively well, despite the team’s overall performance, scoring 18 points and blocking 4 shots.

The 78-59 blowout loss does not change the Panthers rank in C-USA standings, where they sit at 5th place currently. The loss brings FIU’s conference record down to 8-7 and their overall record to 17-11. The top 12 teams in conference USA make the conference championship tournament, while the top 4 teams will receive a bye in the tournament.

FIU has a chance to break into the top 4 if they win their next game, which is an away game against 4th place Charlotte. That game takes place Sunday, March 1st, 2020 at 2 p.m.

The Panthers have a tough 3 games ahead of them to close out the season, playing 3 of the top 4 teams in C-USA, coming off their loss against 1st place North Texas. Coach Ballard and the Panthers will have to key in and play better in order to make a championship run.

PantherNOW requested comment from the team but they chose to decline. 

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