Graham Alone not Enough
Florida Atlantic got off to a hot start, but couldn't keep pace with the Trojans of Troy, falling tonight by a final score of 63-78.
Paul Graham got things going for the Owls, picking up 9 of the first 12 points as he was 3 of 3 from downtown out of the gate.
But the Trojans hit a run of their own, jumping out to a 28-17 lead midway through the first period.
Coach Mike Jarvis saw an opportunity to put in his "rat pack" consisting of Tucker, Nwoji, Graham, and Richardson to pick up the offensive pace.
The Owls responded accordingly, and went on a 12-2 run to close the gap to 28-30.
Teams traded long range bombs to end the half, with Troy hitting a final shot at the buzzer to tie it up at 40 a piece.
Florida Atlantic began the second on a 7-0 run until the Trojans Brandon Hazzard took a steal to the opposite end for an easy deuce.
The Trojans would eventually work up a 14 point lead as FAU went cold midway through the second - Deja Vu from the last meeting.
Paul Graham, who was 11 of 18 from the floor on the night, could not find fellow accomplices to match the Trojans pace. Shavar Richardson and Carderro Nwoji shot a combined 7 of 28 from the floor.
The Trojans out shot the Owls 56% to 28% in the second.
Brandon Hazzard lead Troy with 30 points.
The loss drops FAU to 5-20, and 1-11 in Sun Belt Play on the year.
Graham Sets New Career High
Paul Graham was absolutely en fuego tonight. Those in attendance got to see what this guy is truly capable of. Here is the basket that put him over the top with a new career high of 33 points:
That's The Stats Jack
Brett Royster picked up four blocks and needs just two more to set an FAU All-time single-season record.
Alex Tucker reached 111 assists for the season, breaking the FAU freshman assist record of 107 set by Earnest Crumbley in 2000-01.
Next Up for The Owls
FAU next hosts the Denver Pioneers this Thursday, February 12th, at 7:00PM. The Owls will look to even the score after an earlier season loss when they were downed 66-55 at Denver.