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SBC Tournament 1st Round Scores


SBC Tournament 1st Round Scores

SBC Men's Tournament - First Round Scoreboard

Courtesy: Sun Belt Conference
Release: 02/28/2007

Sun Belt Tournament First Round

February 28, 2007

No. 4 Louisiana-Monroe 83, No. 13 Denver 67

No. 5 North Texas 93, No. 12 Louisiana-Lafayette 78

No. 6 Florida Atlantic 91, No. 11 Florida International 88

BOCA RATON, Fla. - It took a block at the end of regulation, the biggest crowd of the season, and a couple of huge stops for the Florida Atlantic University men?s basketball team to overcome Florida International, 91-88, in overtime in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at FAU Arena on Wednesday.

?It wasn?t the prettiest game, but our guys found a way,? FAU Head Coach Rex Walters said. ?This is what college basketball is all about.?

In unfamiliar territory, the Owls trailed at halftime, 36-34. It was the first time FAU trailed at home after 20 minutes since January 26, 2006 vs. Lipscomb, a span of 16 games.

FAU hit 50.0 percent (15-for-30) of its field goal attempts, led by a 7-for-11 effort by Monroe, who finished the first half with 14 points and eight rebounds. Jeff Parmer (seven points) and Paul Graham (six points) each went 3-for-6 from the field in the opening stanza. Nikola Gacesa led the Golden Panthers with nine. FIU shot 48.4 percent (15-for-31) in the first frame. Neither team led by more than five points in the first half.

The Owls held a 24-12 paint-point edge through 20 minutes, but the Golden Panthers turned 13 FAU turnovers into 15 points.

Rice hit a layup with 11:30 remaining in the second half to tie the game at 54, but a foul and a technical foul were called on Derrick Simmons on the ensuing possession. FIU would make all four free throws, and a few minutes later back-to-back threes gave the Golden Panthers a 66-58 lead with just under nine minutes remaining.

Following an intentional foul and two Alex Galindo free throws, FIU had stretched its lead to nine, 70-61 with 7:20 remaining in regulation. Following a three-point play by Rice and a steal and slam by Graham, the Owls had cut the lead down to 70-68 with six minutes left.

With 5:15 remaining, Rice hit a fade away and was fouled once again. He would convert the free throw to bring the Owls back within one, 72-71. Rice would come up with a steal on the other end, kick it ahead to Simmons who hit Graham on a cross court pass. Graham laid it in, giving the Owls a one-point lead, 73-72, with 4:45 left.

With the game tied at 77, FIU?s Nsangou would give the Golden Panthers a two-point lead on a layup with three minutes left. Parmer would be fouled on the other end and split the pair to cut the lead in half.

Brent Crews would be called for his fifth foul with 1:52 remaining and was disqualified in his final home game as an Owl.

FIU?s Galindo came up with an offensive rebound with 51 seconds left and a chance to give his team a three-point lead, but he dropped the ball out of bounds and gave the Owls life.

Rice was fouled on the next possession. He would sink both and put the Owls in front, 80-79, with 40 seconds left, but Galindo would atone with a three pointer at the 25-second mark, putting the Owls down two.

Six seconds later, Rice would head to the free throw line after being fouled on a drive. He made both and tied the game at 82.

Monroe came up with a game-saving play, blocking Villega?s shot underneath the basket with less than 10 seconds left. A jump ball would give the Owls possession with 2.2 seconds left. Rice?s half-court shot was wide, sending the game to overtime.

A Monroe free throw was the first point of the overtime, 83-82, with 3:45 left. A Fuller tip-in with 2:40 remaining and a Mike James layup gave FIU a three-point lead with 2:20 left, but Rice cut the lead back to one with a layup 15 seconds later.

A Sean Alarcon swipe and score gave the Owls a 87-86 lead with 1:21 left in the extra frame.

After a frenzy under the basket, a Monroe right hook gave the Owls an 89-88 lead with 30 seconds left.

FIU?s Fuller would miss a three with 12 seconds left. The rebound was grabbed by Parmer and kicked ahead to Graham who threw a dunk down with two seconds left for the final margin, 91-88.

?Special players make special plays,? Walters said. ?Carlos, Paul, DeAndre, Sean; everyone made plays tonight.

A season-best crowd of 2,017 helped the Owls overcome a nine-point second-half deficit. It?s the biggest crowd since February 4, 2002, when 2,110 fans packed FAU Arena.

The Owls (16-14) advance to the round of eight in Lafayette, LA to face Western Kentucky on March 4 at 10 p.m., eastern at the Cajun Dome. The Golden Panthers finish the 2006-07 season at 12-17.

No. 7 New Orleans 77, No. 10 UALR 70

No. 9 Middle Tennessee 72, No. 8 Troy 64

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Sun Belt Tournament First Round

February 28, 2007

No. 7 Florida International 61, No. 10 Troy 49

No. 5 UALR 67, No. 12 New Orleans 30

No. 8 South Alabama 52, No. 9 North Texas 44

No. 6 Arkansas State 69, No. 11 Louisiana-Monroe 56

No. 13 Florida Atlantic at No. 4 Denver
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Doesn't look good for the women down 65-41 and thats the Final score

Tough season for the Ladies, but they gain great experience in their first of SB play - the record say nothing about how they played.
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