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Florida International beats Louisiana-Monroe 62-56

Jan 8, 2010 - 3:05 AM MIAMI(AP) -- Marvin Roberts scored 12 points as Florida International defeated Louisiana Monroe 62-56 on Thursday night.

J.C. Otero's 3-pointer with 4:42 remaining put the Golden Panthers (5-13, 2-3 Sun Belt Conference) ahead 54-50 and keyed a 9-0 run. Roberts ended the run with a 3-pointer for a 59-50 advantage with 2:19 remaining.

Otero finished with 11 points.

The Warhawks (6-10, 1-4) rallied from a 12-point deficit with an 11-0 run during a 1:49 span midway through the second half. Colby Carr's field goal with 10:26 remaining capped the run and cut the Golden Panthers' lead to 46-45.

Louisiana Monroe's Dynile Ford hit a 3-pointer and tied it at 50 with 7:08 left.

Rudy Turner led the Warhawks with 13 points.

Florida International ran off eight unanswered points, keyed by six straight by Martavis Key, for a 24-17 lead with 5:15 remaining in the first half.