MIAMI -- Brian Beard Jr. hit a pair of free throws with just under a minute left to earn Florida International a 58-57 win over Florida Atlantic in the Conference USA opener for both schools Saturday night.
Neither team could take more than a three-point lead in the closing minutes and the lead changed hands on nearly every made basket.
Trejon Jacob hit a 3 to give FIU (7-7, 1-0) a 54-52 lead but Gerdarius Troutman answered with a 3 to give FAU (6-7, 0-1) a 55-54 advantage. FIU led on two Michael Douglas free throw but the Owls answered with an Anthony Adger layup. Beard's two free throws came with :56 remaining and neither team could score after.
Jacob finished with 17 points and Beard added 16 points and dished eight assists.
San Diego beats Northern Colorado 85-65
Olin Carter III had 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, Isaiah Pineiro added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and San Diego beat Northern Colorado 85-65 on Saturday night.
Baumann scores 23, leads San Jose State past NAU 79-74
Noah Baumann made five 3-pointers and scored 23 points to lead San Jose State to a 79-74 victory over Northern Arizona on Saturday night.
Max Hazzard hits 10 3s to help UC Irvine set program record
Max Hazzard set career marks Saturday night with 10 3-pointers and 32 points and UC Irvine had a program-record 18 3-pointers in an 86-52 rout of Denver.