UTSA jumped out to an early 8-3 lead, but this game would be close from start to finish. FIU would take their first lead at 17-16 on a Dominque Williams made jumper, but it would be the Runners who would own a 26-25 lead at the half.
The Golden Panthers would lead by as many as 5 in the second half, and would hold just a two point lead in the closing seconds. After Ray Rodriguez hit one of two free throws to expand it to three, Keon Lewis would answer with a big three to tie the game with just 2.7 left on the clock.
Mavin though, who led his team in points, rebounds and assists, would have the last word. He took the ensuing inbound to mid-court and let a prayer fly. It was answered with a bank in buzzer beater, and FIU advanced 57-54.
UTSA is eliminated from the Conference USA tournament while FIU advances to the quarterfinals to take on the 2 seed UTEP Miners tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. MT.
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