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).
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
|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|