MIAMI (AP) — Eric Lovett made a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left to lift Florida International to an 86-83 win over Western Kentucky on Saturday night.
On the subsequent possession for the Hilltoppers, Jairus Hamilton missed a 3-pointer, allowing the Panthers to hang on for the victory.
Tevin Brewer had 23 points to lead the Panthers (12-7, 2-4 Conference USA) to their fourth straight win at home. Lovett added 20 points and eight rebounds. Denver Jones scored 16.
Josh Anderson scored a season-high 23 points for the Hilltoppers (10-9, 2-4). Dayvion McKnight added 17 points and six assists. Jamarion Sharp had 11 points.
The Panthers leveled the season series against the Hilltoppers. Western Kentucky defeated Florida International 84-71 on Jan. 8.