Placer Paces Ospreys with 25 Points in Sunday Matinee at FIU


 FIU 84 | North Florida 69
Records: North Florida (1-7) | FIU (6-1)
Location: Ocean Bank Convocation Center (Miami, Fla.)
The Short Story: In a game filled with scoring runs, North Florida was hurt but a decisive one from FIU midway through the second half in a hard fought 84-69 loss Sunday afternoon in Miami. Jose Placer matched his season high with 25 points to pace the Ospreys


Jose Placer connected on five three-pointers en route to matching his season high with 25 points

– Emmanual Adedoyin added a trio of triples and finished with 11 points to go along with his team high six assists

Jadyn Parker, making his first career start for UNF, finished with a team best 7 boards and chipped in six points

– Four FIU players netted double-figures led by 18 off the bench from Petar Krivokapic, including five three-pointers

– Rebounds were even at 28 apiece and UNF outscored the Panthers, 30-26 in the paint

– North Florida shot 53% from the floor in the first half while FIU answered with a 66% shooting performance from the field in the second half

– #BirdsofTrey drilled 10 three-pointers but FIU tallied 12 treys in a battle of long distance shooters

– Game featured 8 ties and 5 lead changes


– North Florida got off to a quick start, outscoring the Panthers 11-3 in first five minutes | Ospreys hit three three-pointers in the run highlighted by back-to-back treys from Emmanuel Adedoyin

– UNF maintained a lead until FIU used a 9-0 spurt to earn their first lead of the game, 20-16

– The Ospreys answered with a 9-0 run of their own capped by another Adedoyin triple to swing back ahead, 25-20

– The lead would stay on UNF’s side until a late 10-0 surge for the Panthers aided by a pair of questionable technical fouls called against the Osprey bench

– North Florida closed the half with the final six points as Jose Placer converted the old-fashioned three-point play and Chaz Lanier drained a buzzer-beating trey | The 6-0 run sent the Ospreys into intermission with a 38-36 advantage

– FIU regained the lead early in the second half on the strength of a 9-2 run to open the period

– With the scored knotted at 47-47 and 15 minutes left to play, the Panthers mounted a decisive push by outscoring the Ospreys 18-5 over a five minute span | Petar Krivokapic connected on back-to-back treys to close the run for FIU, allowing for a double-digit deficit

– The squads would settle into a back-and-forth battle the remainder of the way as North Florida was not able to trim the margin


– Placer topped the 20-point mark for the second time this season

– Marked the third time the Ospreys have made double-digit three-pointers

– All 9 UNF players that got into the game scored

– FIU improved to 6-3 all-time versus UNF with the home team winning every contest

– Panthers 12 three-pointers marked the most by an Osprey opponent this season


North Florida returns home for just the second time this season when the Ospreys welcome Edward Waters to UNF Arena on Thursday (Dec. 2) at 7 p.m. FIU game opened a stretch of 10 consecutive games for the Ospreys within Florida state borders.


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