Florida Atlantic made the short road trip down to Coral Gables tonight and put up a fiesty fight in a 85-69 loss to the Hurricanes of Miami.
Without the services of Carlos Monroe (eligibility), FAU went deep into the bench for reserve minutes. Chris Coleman (2 points, 3 rebounds), a walk-on out of Fort Lauderdale, saw significant time for the Owls to offset the lack of available players.
FAU was on fire from downtown during the first half behind Carderro Nwoji's 4-4 performance. He finished at 6-8 from beyond the arc, and with a team high 20 points before fouling out with 8:10 to play.
Miami led 38-33 at the end of the first period.
The outmanned Owls continued to hustle and challenge the Canes in the second keeping the lead to single digits until the Canes went on a 9 point run midway through the period.
Nwoji, Watson, and Royster all fouled out and FAU was forced to put Hernandez (aggravated groin) into the game given the lack of available players. But he successfully hobbled through to the finish.
Shavar Richardson had 19 points, and Paul Graham added 16 for the Owls in the loss.
Alex Tucker had a season-high 10 assists on the night.
Miami scored 26 of thier points from the charity stripe.
Florida Atlantic continues what seems a never ending road schedule this Thursday when they take on fellow Sun Belt Conference Eastern Division opponent Middle Tennessee.
Tip off time is 8:00PM EST.