Staff Report

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Florida Memorial men’s basketball team won its biggest game of the season with a 64-59 upset over sixth- ranked Keiser University on Thursday night at the FMU Wellness Center. Florida Memorial used a tenacious defense and a balanced offense to steal the win. With the win, Florida Memorial University snapped a seventeen- game losing streak against Keiser University, dating back to the 2006-2007 season. Florida Memorial opened the game on a 14- 2 run in the first half and stretched the lead to 21-8 with 6:08 remaining. Keiser went on a 16- 1 run and took their first lead of the game 24- 22 at the 1:46 mark. The Lions closed out the half on a 7-2 spurt to lead 29-26 at the half. The first half saw both sides shoot well with Keiser connecting at 31% (11-for-35) and Florida Memorial connecting at 36.7% (11-for-30).

In the second half, Keiser mounted their largest lead 43-34 with 12:56 to play. But the Lions roared their way back from a nine point deficit behind a 15-6 run over the next six minutes to tie the game at 49-49. But Keiser would not go quietly and fought back and forth with Florida Memorial.

The shootout continued with four lead changes in the second half and with .20 seconds to go, Keiser made a three pointer to cut Florida Memorial’s lead to 3 points, however Florida Memorial came through at the charity stripe when it was needed most to seal the victory.

Charlie Nedd-Araujo led the Lions with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Aaron Bryant had 16 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal. Jaelyn Johnson-Coston chipped in 15 points, while Davon Williams poured in 12 points and 7 rebounds.