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1 Back, 4 Still On The Mend

The FIU hoops team got some good news today with the return of starting forward Alex Galindo about 2Ag  weeks earlier than expected.

That makes 1 of 5 injured starters back for the Golden Panthers.

AG had an immediate impact scoring 15 of FIU's first 23 points in the game against Fordham. In the second half, the Rams paid more attention to AG limiting him to 4 points, but the Golden Panthers built a 20-point lead.

However, the 20-point lead with 1:29 left in the game became an 8-point lead with 17 seconds left after the Golden Panthers emptied their bench. Fordham scored 12 unanswered points to make it 63-55 before running out of time in their comeback attempt.

Afterward, AG said he felt good and SR said he could have 3 of his 5 starters back by mid-January.

Guard Tremayne Russell (broken hand) is the next player expected back around Jan. 10 or 11. Then forward J.C. Otero (knee) one week after that.

SR said center Russell Hicks (foot) and point guard Josue Soto (thumb) could be back in mid-February.

And that was not Hicks in the game today, the player wearing Hicks's No. 32 jersey with Hicks's last name stitched on the back of the jersey was walk-on Manuel Nunez.

We'll get back on the football recruiting prowl on the next post.

Logo GOLDEN PANTHER PAWSE

Quijote: Hey Pete, your writing makes the reader assume we have no chance against UF or Alabama! What's that about?!

GPP: Quijote, I'll be the first to tell you I hope the Golden Panthers prove me wrong, but I just don't see them going into "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach's" house or The Swamp next Rt season and beating either team. Sorry, I call them, like I see them.

Golden Panther 90: Pete- Any word on what Turtle is going to do with the coaching spot vacated by Delmonico? Is he going to coach this year with one less coach?

GPP: We will ask him when he visits the GPP in January. I'm sure he's out there looking for a replacement as we write this. TT doesn't sit on his hands.

gpantera: Pete, Christmas is over. We're starvin' for football recruiting and baseball info. Give us nibble. Signed, Starvin' in Pembroke Pines.

GPP: gpantera/a.k.a. Starvin'....The GPP restaurant is open. We're here for you. We'll start you out this Italy post with a hoops appetizer (yeah I know, like you previously said, it might give you indigestion), but we'll go on to the main course of football on the next post.

Been a little on the busy side of late covering the week leading up to the Orange Bowl game between Virginia Tech & Cincinnati -- a game no one cares about down here and that's a snooze-fest...z-z-z-z-z. And also writing about hockey Panthers, but not forgetting about the GPP.

Apaw Wow, pretty close race in our last poll question about FIU's starting QB in 2010. Poll is still open, but so far 38.5% of you good people say it will be Colt Anderson. 26% percent say Wesley Carroll (still nothing new on him) and 24% expect Nico Flores to be lined up taking a shotgun snap against Texas A&M.

And with our last question we also gained another state of GPP readership. A Wesley Carroll fan in North Salt Lake, Utah believes WC will be wearing blue and gold in 2010 and starting for FIU against the Aggies. Here's the scorecard and another GPP Poll question below.

GPP WORLDWIDE READERSHIP SCORECARD:

The GPP is read in: 38 STATES: ALA, ARI, ARK, CA, COL, FLA, GA, HI, IDAHO, IL, IND, IOWA, KAN, KY, LA, MASS, MD, MICH, MIN, MISS, MO, NEB, NEV, NC, NJ, NY, OH, ORE, PA, RI, SC, TEN, TEX, UTAH, VA, VER, WASH, WISC.

23 COUNTRIES: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, U.S.A., Venezuela, Vietnam.

1 DISTRICT: Washington, D.C. and 1 TERRITORY: Puerto Rico.

So with 3 of the 5 FIU hoops starters coming back by mid-January, what are your thoughts on the Golden Panthers basketball team.

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