NCAA Men's Basketball

Jacob with21 as FIU breaks away from NAIA Ave Maria, 104-84

MIAMI (AP) Trejon Jacob scored a season-best 21 points as four players scored 16 or more and Florida International rolled to its fourth 100-point victory of the season, downing NAIA Ave Maria 104-84 Friday night.

Jacob hit 5 of 7 from 3-point distance, added four rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot. Brian Beard, Jr. had 18 points with six assists and also had three steals. Antonio Daye, Jr. and Willy Nunez scored 16 points each.

FIU is off to a 6-1 start for the first time since the 1983-84 season and tied for the best seven-game start in the program's history.

Leo Behrend's 3-pointer put Ave Maria ahead 8-5 with the game three minutes old and the Gyrenes hung tough until FIU closed out the first half on a 7-2 run, leading 53-48 at the break.

Marcus Burrell drove for a layup seconds after intermission and the Panthers opened on a 10-3 run to break away. They led by double digits the rest of the way.

Romello Bates scored 16 points for the Gyrenes, who placed five in double figures.

Updated November 23, 2018