MIAMI -- UND led early but couldn’t stop a late Florida International University rally on Wednesday as Hawks fell 65-56 in Miami. The loss dropped UND to 2-4 on the season while FIU improved to 5-1. FIU’s lone loss was a seven-point setback against Georgia.
Paul Bruns led UND with 18 points while Ethan Igbanugo and Tsotne Tsartsidze each added 10 points.
North Dakota held the lead until just under the seven-minute mark, but a pair of scoring droughts in the final minutes and an 8-0 Florida International run in the last three minutes allowed FIU to cap the comeback.
Tevin Brewer finished with 12 points and eight assists to lead the Golden Panthers.
Despite UND winning the rebounding battle 22-20 at the half, FIU finished with a 42-31 advantage in boards. Both teams had shooting slumps as North Dakota finished with a shooting percentage of 34.4 percent, compared to Florida International hitting 42.3 percent of its shots. The FIU bench outscored the UND reserves 27-24 and finished with a 28-24 edge in points in the paint.
UND will play at Kansas State on Sunday.