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gantt-slider-12-12-09Owl's quest for win in Sun Belt opener falls short with 81-74 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette


Florida Atlantic was hopeful for its first Sun Belt conference opening win since the 2006 season, but came up short as the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns slipped past the Owls 71-64 in the Cajun Dome today.

Ray Taylor (23) and Gregg Gantt (21) combined for 44 of FAUís 64 points.

The Owls didnít find the support it needed from its post players, as Brett Royster (0-6) and DeMonte Simpson (1-7) combined for just one score from the field.

ďThey got some tougher baskets than we did.† We didnít get enough production out of our bigs tonight, and thatís what happens.† DeMonte didnít finish a couple of tough ones, and I donít know where (Brett) was, but weíve got to get those guys playing every nightĒ, said Jarvis.

It was the first time all season that Royster did not have a blocked shot as well.

Behind the first half shooting from guard Travis Bureau (19 total points), the Cajuns responded to an early 10-7 FAU lead with an 18-6 run.† The Owls committed 11 turnovers in the period, which lead to 15 Cajun points.

But the Owls fought back in the second half, after trailing by as many as 14 points, to take a one point lead at 58-57 lead on a Taylor free throw with 8:44 to play in the second period.

FAU trailed 69-67 with† 2:07 remaining but could not hold pace defensively as Louisiana-Lafayette pulled away on a string of free throws.† Fourteen of the Cajuns last 22 points came from the line.

Andre Mattison scored a career high 7 points for FAU.

DeMonte Simpson had 10 rebounds to lead the Owls.

Tyren Johnson had 23 points and nine rebounds to pace Louisiana-Lafayette.

Bench scoring was heavily in favor of the Cajuns at 28-13.

The Owls will face New Orleans in the second game of its two game Sun Belt road trip on Monday night at 8:00PM EST.

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