MIAMI -- Tymell Murphy finished with a huge double-double, career-highs with 24 points and 20 rebounds as Florida International pulled away in the second half to beat Florida A&M 88-72 Wednesday night in nonconference play.
Ahead by two, 61-59 with 7:59 to play, Smith's 3-pointer capped a 20-6 run that pushed FIU's lead to 16, 81-65 with just 1:53 remaining. Smith led FIU with 13 points in the second half.
The Panthers dominated inside, outscoring the Rattlers 43-24 in the paint.
FIU also scored 34 points on 25 Florida A&M turnovers.
Murphy had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the first period as FIU led at halftime 44-37.
Reggie Lewis and Jomari Bradshaw scored 15 points apiece to lead the Rattlers (4-10).
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|South Carolina State||12-4||1||19-15|
|North Carolina Central||7-9||6||13-19|
|North Carolina A&T||7-9||6||10-22|
|Texas San Antonio||3-15||13||5-27|