FAU moved to 4-10, and 0-3 in SunBelt play, on the season in a 69-74 loss to Southern Alabama today in Boca Raton.
USA jumped out to a 19-13 lead at the first media stop on the first half mostly due to the hot hand of Domonic Tilford who had 12 points in the period, a game high 27 for the contest, and was 9 of 12 from the field.
Down by 11 FAU fought back and pulled to within two, completing a 12-2 run on a Royster lay-in from Tucker. USA led at the half 32-30.
Both teams battled hard the second half with FAU pulling to within one twice early on. USA went ahead by 6 midway throught the second as FAU cooled off briefly. But the Owls answered back on a Monroe drive to the hoop and the free throw.
USA would pull ahead again by 8 with 3:23 to play and FAU responded with a four point run, which resulted in a USA timeout. The Jaguars were unable to convert on the offensive end coming out of the time out and Alex Tucker proceeded to take the inbounds pass all the way in for an easy score, putting the Owls to within 2.
FAU had a chance to tie the game with 30.2 seconds but was unable to convert on a three point attempt by Paul Graham (25 points). Carlos Monroe (21 points) gathered the rebound and kicked out to Nwoji who was spotted up, but the ball was batted away and stolen before he could get the shot attempt off.
Missed lay-ups plagued FAU throughout the contest. In addition, the Owls did not have the usual compliment of reserves as Sammy Hernandez was out for the game with a minor groin pull, and Chris watson did not play in the second half (coach's decision).
Paul Graham was not happy with the outcome. "The toughest thing for the night was the loss...Just really wanted to win."
"We played some great games against some great teams, and this was one of them", said Jarvis.
Howard on Hand
Howard Schnellenberger was on tap for the contest today. Here is Howard wishing Coach Jarvis well prior to the game, and also with Spanish River Church Head Pastor David Nichols.