Lions Race to 90-77 Win
Florida Atlanticís road losing streak under Head Coach Mike Jarvis reached nineteen games as Southeastern Louisiana defeated the Owls 90 Ė77 tonight at Hammondís University Center.
In an inverse of last yearís contest in Boca Raton, the Lions fired on all cylinders offensively - especially in the first half.
The Owls, on the other hand, struggled to find offensive consistency, shooting just 25 of 72 (35%) from the floor.
Southeastern Louisiana lead at the break 51-27.
"I don't know what the guys were thinking, but anytime you play a team on the road that you beat the year before you know they are going to be ready. We didn't play urgency at the beginning of the game. If we did , we win today", said Jarvis.
Freshman duo Ray Taylor (25 points) and Greg Gantt, who had been integral parts of the Owl's previous win against Florida Tech, and took most of FAU's shots, connected on just 11 of 35 attempts.
The Owls reduced a 25 point deficit in the second half to just 11 points after a Shavar Richardson three point basket, but would get no closer. Richardson (photo) finished with 20 points for FAU.
Junior Brett Royster had five blocks on the night to set a new career blocks record for the Owls with 124.† He passes the old mark set by Cedric Peoples (119).
The Lions were led by Damon Forest, who had 28 points.
In a deciding factor, Southeastern Louisiana shot 58.8% from three point range.
FAU will next face American University (0-1) of the Patriot League this Saturday in Washington, DC.† Game time is set for 12:00PM EST.