Florida Atlantic fell to James Madison's hot hand (53%) tonight during their final contest of the Pre-Season NIT by a score of 81-64.
FAU held the lead multiple times during the first 20 minutes, but trailed 35-27 at the half.
They trimmed the deficit to 39-35 early on in the second, but James Madison sank a series of three pointers and cleaned house on the offensive boards to increase thier lead to 21 with just over 10 minutes to go.
FAU begin mounting its comeback, and pulled to within 15 at the 6:29 mark. They would employ the full court press but the Dukes had no trouble with breaking it and responded with a series of layups.
However, Shavar Richardson (12 points) countered on a long three to cut the lead to 13. on the inbounds, at the 3:42 mark, he would hit again from downtown to reduce the lead to 10. FAU then went into foul mode, but to no avail.
Xavier Perkins continues to be a very productive offensive contributor for the Owls and finished with a team high 20 points and 11 rebounds respectively. He is getting to the line consistently, and coverting.
Brett Royster had a productive night as well with 12 points, 7 rebounds, and for the third straight game, 4 blocks.
Paul Graham, who was hot the previous two games before heading into Davidson, NC, finished the night with 9 points on 3 of 11 shooting.
Florida Atlantic next travels to McNeese State, this Friday, for its third straight road match-up. Tip-off time is scheduled for 8:00PM EST.
Owls Nest Prediction: FAU -8