White scores 16 as North Texas beats Fla. International, 60-57

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DENTON, Texas (AP)—Josh White scored 16 points and made four free throws that put North Texas ahead for good in the second half of a 60-57 victory against Florida International on Saturday night.

White was 7-of-9 from the line for the Mean Green (14-7, 5-5 Sun Belt), including a 4-of-5 effort that turned a 53-52 deficit with 5:03 remaining into a 56-53 lead at the 3:11 mark.

Russell Hicks scored 18 points to lead the Golden Panthers (6-15, 3-8), and Alex Galindo scored 17.

Keith Wooden had six points on just 3-of-10 shooting for North Texas, but his layup with 58 seconds left pushed his team’s lead back to 58-55. After Florida International scored, Tristan Thompson hit two free throws with 11 seconds left for a 60-57 lead. Thompson was 7-of-7 from the line and finished with 11 points.

Florida International missed a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

White hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final two minutes of the first half to give North Texas its largest lead at 32-20.

Hicks led the Golden Panthers back to start the second half, scoring 12 points on a 21-11 run that tied the score at 43 with 11:13 remaining. Neither team led by more than three after that.

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 Florida Intl.
Russell Hicks Russell Hicks
7-15,  18 Pts
7 Rebs, 0 Assists
 North Texas
Josh White Josh White
3-8,  16 Pts
3 Rebs, 0 Assists

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