Daviyon Draper scores 21, FIU beats FAU 71-63

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Daviyon Draper had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Adrian Diaz added 17 and 10 to help Florida International beat Florida Atlantic 71-63, sweeping the season series on Saturday.

Donte McGill added 19 points for the Golden Panthers (13-16, 7-9 Conference USA), who snapped a two-game skid with two games left in the season.

FIU scored 12 straight to pull away to a 47-31 lead midway through the second half and had its largest margin at 55-36 with 6:37 left. The Owls (7-22, 5-11) cut the gap to six in the final minute but too late to challenge the outcome.

The Panthers took the lead for good during a 9-0 run capped at 22-14 by Draper's jumper with 3:50 left in the first half.

Nick Rutherford had 16 points to lead FAU. Adonis Filer and Solomon Poole added 10 points each.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.