Florida International holds off Utah Valley 65-62

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MIAMI (AP) -- Eric Frederick scored 18 points to lead Florida International past Utah Valley 65-62 on Saturday night.

The Wolverines twice trailed by 17 in the first half but closed to within 63-60 on Isiah Williams' layup with 7 seconds remaining.

Stephon Weaver's two free throws with 6 seconds left clinched the victory for the Panthers (3-1).

Utah Valley (0-2) rallied behind a 13-5 spurt during a 4:15 span late in the second half. Jordan Swarbrick's 3-pointer with 1:13 left cut Florida International's lead to 60-54.

Geddes Robinson's layup with 44 seconds remaining made it 60-56.

Florida International missed six straight free throws before Weaver's final two conversions, but ended with three offensive rebounds.

The Panthers shot 13 of 24 from the free-throw line.

Florida International held the Wolverines without a field goal for a stretch of 8:40 in a 14-1 first half run. Frederick scored seven straight points during the spurt and his field goal with 6:43 remaining increased the Panthers' lead to 20-7.

Frederick finished 7 of 10 from the field.

Williams' 3-pointer with 6:27 left in the first half ended the Wolverines' field goal scoring drought, but Utah Valley went another 4:20 without another basket as the Panthers increased their lead to 28-11.

DeJuan Wright's field goal with 1:37 to go until the break gave the Panthers' their second 17-point lead at 30-13.

Utah Valley ran off six unanswered points in the final 1:24 and trailed 30-19 at halftime.

Williams finished with 14 points for the Wolverines, who shot only 5 of 18 from the field.

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