BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Jeremy Allen scored 22 points and Phil Taylor had 20 as Florida International pulled away in the second half to defeat Western Kentucky 81-63 Saturday.
Taylor scored eight points and Allen five during a 15-4 run early in the second half that gave the Golden Panthers (4-10, 1-1 Sun Belt Conference) a 44-33 lead with 14:12 remaining.
The Hilltoppers (5-10, 1-1) got within five, 51-46, on George Fant's layup with 6:50 left, but Dominique Ferguson answered with a 3-point play and FIU put the game away by making 21 of 22 free throws in the final 4:15.
Ferguson finished with 15 points for FIU, which shot 56.5% (13 of 23) in the second half. Western Kentucky shot 40.6% (13 of 32) after making just 26.1% (6 of 23) in the first.
Western Kentucky committed 17 turnovers, four on steals by Allen, to FIU's nine turnovers.
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