KENNESAW, Ga. -- Rakeem Buckles scored 20 points and hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds and Florida International held off a late Kennesaw State rally to win 66-58 Sunday.
The Golden Panthers (1-2) shot 42.6 percent from the field and had four starters score in double figures. The game was closely contested until FIU used a 14-4 run to hold a 57-46 advantage with less than six minutes remaining.
The Owls (0-3) eyed a late rally, cutting the deficit to four with 1:25 remaining on two baskets by Orlando Coleman.
Taylor finished with 15 points and five assists. Jerome Frink scored 13 for the Golden Panthers and Murphy added 12.