Two games into the season, albeit exhibition games, a couple things are quite apparent:
1. Xavier "X-Man" Perkins is a much improved player.
2. FAU is struggling from long distance.
The Owls knocked off a very feisty and fundamentally sound
After a halftime tie of 33-33, the Tars took a four point lead at the 15:54 mark in the second. But FAU regained control and would not relinquish the lead as it had done previously against
Carlos Monroe, who had game highs in both scoring and rebounding in FAU's first exhibition game versus
The X-Man continued where he left off last game by putting up 12 points, 10 of which came at the line, and hauled in 6 rebounds. In contrast to last years play resembling that of a "Bull in a China Shop", X appears to have found his rhythm offensively at the small forward position. He is drawing fouls rather than charges, and is consistently pestering bigger players for rebounds in the paint. He did foul out after contributing 22 minutes, but 2 questionable "ghost fouls" had a hand in that happening.
Paul Graham saw both his minutes and output jump while contributing a game high 38 minutes to go with 16 points (3-8 from long range). Consistency will once again be the key for Graham, who has a habit of "disappearing" after such performances. Of note, his accomplice at the 2G, Shavar
Absent from play, but a vocal supporter throughout the night, PG Alex Tucker is still awaiting a go ahead from the NCAA clearing house before he can take the court. For those of you who remember the transition
The Owls will next host Monmouth this Friday, November 14th, at 7:00PM in what will be the official start to the 2008-09 season. The contest will also mark the beginning to the Mike Jarvis era at FAU, and his quest to become the second all time coach to win 100 games at four different schools.