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Arkansas-Little Rock 88, Florida International 76

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Arkansas-Little Rock went on a 23-3 run in the first half to take command of the game, then held off a mild rally by Florida International for an 88-76 victory Saturday in Sun Belt Conference basketball.

The Trojans (11-8, 5-3) were down 13-8 early, but Michael Javes scored nine consecutive points to spark the surge that put UALR comfortably in front 31-16.

The Trojans led 51-36 at halftime and worked their advantage to 20 points at 59-39 in the first two minutes of the second half.

The visiting Golden Panthers (8-8, 3-4) managed to cut that deficit in half at 82-72 with just under four minutes left but could get no closer.

The loss snapped FIU's winning streak at four games.

UALR improved its home record to 10-1.

The Trojans shot nearly 60 percent from the field, going 29 of 49, while the Panthers were only 22 of 52 (42.3 percent). But half of the Panthers' field goals came from behind the 3-point arc, with 11 in 23 attempts.

Both teams featured balanced scoring, with the Golden Panthers placing six players in double figures led by Malik Smith's 14 points.

UALR had five players in double digits, with Javes and Will Neighbour sharing game scoring honors with 15 points each.
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