Scores

Final

AR-Little Rock 54

(17-15, 11-9 Sun Belt)

FIU 69

(17-13, 11-9 Sun Belt)

7:00 PM ET, March 9, 2013

Summit Arena - Convention Center, Hot Springs, Arkansas

1 2 T
UALR 26 2854
FIU 34 3569

Top Performers

Arkansas-Little Rock: J. Gillon 16 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Stl

Florida International: D. Hill 12 Pts, 8 Reb, 7 Ast, 6 Stl

FIU 69, UALR 54

Associated Press

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Malik Smith hit eight 3-pointers and scored 25 points as Florida International defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 69-54 Saturday night in the second round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

Smith was 8 of 10 beyond the arc for the fourth-seeded Golden Panthers (17-13), who will face top-seeded Middle Tennessee in the semifinals on Sunday.

Derric Hill added 12 points and seven assists for Florida International, and Tymell Murphy also scored 12.

John Gillon led fifth-seeded Little Rock (17-15) with 16 points, and Leroy Isler had 13. The Trojans shot just 31 percent from the field, including 3 of 18 on 3-point attempts.

Behind Smith's marksmanship, the Panthers finished 11 for 26 beyond the arc.

Florida International jumped out to a 26-11 lead en route to a 34-26 halftime advantage. Little Rock got within 40-35 with 12:38 remaining, but Murphy hit two baskets and Smith followed with a 3 for a 47-35 lead as the Panthers pulled away for good.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UALR
FIU
Points 54 69
FG Made-Attempted 15-49 (.306) 23-49 (.469)
3P Made-Attempted 3-18 (.167) 11-26 (.423)
FT Made-Attempted 21-30 (.700) 12-19 (.632)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 25 (0/0)
Largest Lead 3 20

2012-13 Season

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