MIAMI (March 24, 2019) – The FIU men’s basketball team won its first-ever postseason game on Saturday night in the Collegeinsider.com Tournament (CIT), and now the Panthers look for two-straight wins as they head to the Badger State to face Wisconsin Green Bay in the CIT second round on Tuesday, March 26. Tipoff at the Kress Center is slated for 8 p.m. ET and the game can be seen live on WatchCIT.com. The winner will advance to the CIT quarterfinals with opponents, date and game time to be announced.Click here for Collegeinsider.com schedule.
The Panthers are coming off a thrilling 87-81 come-from-behind win at Texas State on Saturday. Brian Beard, Jr. (Rancho Cucamonga, Florida) and Devon Andrews (Lorain, Ohio) each scored 29 points in the win – with Andrews’ 29 points being a career-high – while Osasumwen Osaghae (Miami, Florida) grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and blocked five shots. Beard, Jr. also chipped in with five steals.
FIU improves to 20-13 on the year with the win against the Bobcats and reaches the 20-win threshold for the first time since it posted a program record 21 victories during the 1997-98 season. This season’s team has tied the 1992-93 team which also recorded 20 wins. Prior to this season, the last time that the Panthers saw postseason play was on March 17, 1995, when the then Trans America Athletic Conference Tournament Champion – Golden Panthers – faced UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Green Bay comes into the game against FIU with an 18-16 record, while posting a 10-8 mark during Horizon League play. The Phoenix advanced to the second round following a 102-94 win over East Tennessee State on March 20. They have won three of their last five games and are 12-3 on the year at home.
Sandy Cohen III leads Green Bay in scoring, averaging 17.5 points-per-game, while JayQuan McCloud and ShanQuan Hemphill are netting 13.7 and 11.7 points-per-outing, respectively. …