Quarterback Jake Medlock suffered a deep bone bruise on his right shoulder, according to head coach Mario Cristobal, and will practice on a limited basis Tuesday. That's better news for him than I expected when I saw him after Saturday's 28-17 win against Louisiana-Monroe. Still, I'd bet on Wesley Carroll starting the season finale against Middle Tennessee State.
Senior Jeremy Allen scored a game-high 21 points and snagged a career-high six steals against Arkansas-Pine Bluff Monday. Alas, FIU turned the ball over 19 times and lost 58-56, falling to 1-2 in the season opening NIT. In the final game of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off consolation round, FIU will play Oral Roberts Tuesday night.
FIU led by 11 in the first half, but Pine Bluff closed in, then closed the half on an 18-2 run to lead by eight at get-more-beer time. FIU fell behind by as many as 14 before coming back to take the lead with 1:37 left. The Panthers quickly lost that lead, and never led again.
Sophomore guard Jerica Coley threw in 32 points, had a team-high seven assists, eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals in a 79-64 win against Florida A&M at The Bank Monday night.
As FIU jumped back to .500, fifth-year senior Fannia Hutlassa popped in 18 points and eight rebounds. Junior Carmen Miloglav had three steals. FIU led by 21 at halftime, saw its bulge shrink to as low as nine before closing out the game.