Nov. 26, 2011
MIAMI - Florida International guard Jeremy Allen hit a fadeaway jumper as time expired to hand Coastal Carolina its first loss of the season, 64-62 Saturday night at U.S Century Bank Arena.
Coastal had a chance to win the game with less than 10 seconds remaining, but an Anthony Raffa jump shot fell short and FIU grabbed the rebound with six seconds remaining on the clock. After a frantic push down the court, FIU found an open Allen on the baseline where he drained the game-winner. The 15-footer left his hands with 0.1 seconds left on the game clock.
FIU opened the game 3-of-4 from beyond the arc to take an early 13-7 lead at the 15:50 mark of the first half. The Panthers extended their lead to 21-12 after a Coastal turnover for their largest lead of the first period. Coastal cut the lead to four before DeJuan Wright nailed another three to extend the Panther lead to 29-20 with 5:15 remaining in the half.
Sam McLaurin scored six of his 12 points before the break to cut the lead to five, 33-28 heading into the intermission.
Coastal opened the second half on a 14-3 run to take a 42-36 lead with 16:37 remaining in the second half. McLaurin started the rally with back-to-back field goals to open the period. After an FIU basket, Jon Pack completed a three-point play to knot the score at 35 apiece with 18:31 left in the second half. Chris Gradnigo finished off the run with a dunk, scoring seven of his team-high 15 points during that stretch.
The Chanticleers extended their lead to seven on a layup by Pack, taking a 50-43 lead at the 12:06 mark of the second half. FIU bounced back with a 10-3 run over the next 5:22 to tie the game at 53 apiece on a Phil Taylor jumper with 6:44 remaining in the game. Tola Akomolafe gave FIU its first lead since the 18:32 mark of the second half on a tip-in at the 6:09 mark. After a Dexter Moore layup on the ensuing possession, Allen hit a three-pointer to give the Panthers a three-point lead with 5:06 remaining in the game.
Coastal held a two point advantage with 54 seconds remaining after a made free throw by McLaurin. Dominique Ferguson countered with a layup with 41 seconds to tie the game for the fifth time of the night. After Coastal missed a field goal, Allen hit the game-winner to push the Panthers to 2-3 on the season while Coastal falls to 5-1 on the year.
Both team struggled from the charity stripe, with Coastal finishing 14-of-22 (63.6%) and FIU finishing at a 46.7% clip (7-of-15).
The Chanticleers return home on Thursday, Dec. 1, opening Big South Conference play against the VMI Keydets with tip-off slated for 7:00 p.m. at Kimbel Arena.