Fla. International beats New Orleans 64-54

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NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Nikola Gacesa scored 16 points to lead Florida International in a 64-54 win over New Orleans on Thursday night.

Josue Soto added 12 points, while Russell Hicks scored 10 points and grabbed 11 boards for the Golden Panthers (9-14, 4-6 Sun Belt Conference). Gacesa hit 2 of 2 3-pointers and was also perfect from the foul line, going 6-for-6.

T.J. Worley led the Privateers (9-12, 4-6) with 15 points and Kyndall Dykes chipped in with 14. Dykes has scored in double figures in every one of FIU’s conference games this season.

FIU led New Orleans by six points at the break, and outscored the Privateers 37-33 in the second half to seal the victory.

The Golden Panthers clinched the game from the charity stripe, going 15-for-20. The Privateers hit just 4 of 9 free throws.

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