MIAMI -- Tymell Murphy scored 22 points, grabbed five boards and recorded two steals and Florida International snapped Arkansas State's four-game winning streak, beating the Red Wolves 80-61 Thursday in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both teams.
FIU, which leads the Sun Belt in free-throw percentage (74.3) and ranks second in 3-point percentage (36.8), hit 8 of 11 free throws and 8 of 15 3-pointers in the win.
The Panthers took a 33-26 advantage into the break and never led by less than 10 in the second half. Smith 3-pointer with 3:43 left to play put FIU ahead 75-54.
Ed Townsel led Arkansas State (4-2) with 13 points and has hit double figures in all six games this season.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.
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