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The Panthers have a lot to celebrate so far this season. Holding onto an 18-11 and 9-8 in Conference USA record, the 18 wins match the fourth-best season in program history.

The 83-76 home victory over Louisiana Tech was especially a momentous one for SEAS senior, Brian Beard, who became the seventh FIU player to reach 1,000 career points. He entered the game with 999 points, spending the first 14 minutes distributing to teammates and didn’t take a shot until his milestone points during the first half.

“Coming into the game I knew I needed one point,” Beard said. “I wasn’t pressed to get it. I knew I was going to score one point but it felt good to get it. I’m proud of myself.”

FIU coach, Jeremy Ballard, was also extremely proud of his team’s milestone. “Huge, win,” Ballard said. They’ve won some big games this year. They’re well coached. They’re very solid on both sides of the ball. It took a lot of toughness and a lot of grit to win this game.”

Congratulations, Panthers!

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