FAU had trimmed a 10-point deficit to 5 with 90 seconds left but on its second chance to get closer Frink stole the ball and fed Mavin for the back-breaker.
Tymell Murphy led FIU (11-9, 3-2 Conference USA) with 14 points and 14 rebounds and Mavin had 14. Frink had 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals and Rakeem Buckles had 12 points. FIU had a 43-29 advantage on the boards.
Florida International led 34-24 at halftime and enjoyed that lead well into the second half before the Owls came back. Bertone hit a 3 to pull FAU within 49-37 with 8:47 left.
Kapita was the top-rated recruit from West Virginia in the class of 2015 and recently played at DME Academy in Florida.
With the Suns drafting Tyler Ulis, they now have five guards on their roster who attended Kentucky.
NBA fans will be looking forward to their newest players making plays like this next season.
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