"Road Warriors" Get Much Needed Win
Florida Atlantic moved to 4-5 on the year with a very solid win over Southeastern Louisiana tonight by a final score of 72-58. "Feels nice to win again..poor scheduling has prevented us from having more wins this year", said Jarvis.
A slow FAU start was aided by a run of turnovers from the Lions; allowing the Owls to stay in the game with a 10-11 score at the 1st media stop of the first half.
FAU pulled ahead at 10:55 on a back to back lay-ins by Sammy Hernandez (FAU career 10 high points), who provided a spirited spark off of the bench. SLU pushed its way into the lead with consecutive baskets with 6:37 left in the first half. However, Shavar Richardson (13 points, 4 assists) answered with a big three to tie the game again at 24 with 3:57 to go. FAU lead at the break 32-30.
The Owls came out of the locker room with impressive offensive play to begin the second half and extended thier half time lead to 14 points on a pair at the charity stripe by Nowoji (9 points, 4 rebounds), and a lay-in by Graham. SLU nipped the lead to 9 with just under 4 minutes to go, but would get no closer.
Patrick Sullivan, who presented match up problems for FAU, lead the Lions with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The Owls posted a staggering 59.2 FG% - the best on the season thus far.
Xavier Perkins, who was not in attendance due to what was cited as "personal problems", did not play. Coach Jarvis had this to offer:
"Right now I am not even going to comment except to say that he wasn't here and he is working on some things...there is nothing to report except he is on a paid leave."
Hurry back to "work" X.
Paul Graham was honored before the start of the contest for having become the 7th Owl All- Time to register 1000 points. It helped. Graham responded by pouring in a team high 19 points, and 8 rebounds on the night.
"Felt great being honored, but I was looking forward to the win", said Graham. Asked where he wanted to land in the all time listing amongst fellow record holders, Graham had this to offer:
"First goal is to win the conference...I place secondary goals after the team."
That's our man.
"Ladies and gentleman please refrain from making obscene noises during free throws", rang the PA Announcer.
Amid varying expressions from press row and amongst fan's chatter, no one had any idea what that meant. Appearantly, SLU's head coach didn't like the Dirty Bird's "bleacher banging" during free throws while his team was at the line. The NCAA does have an artificial noise order in place to prohibit unwarranted distractions. But let's be real here. The hand bang against an existing structure has been a staple of sporting events since time began.
Excessive whining by coach Yarbrough earns him an Owl's Nest techincal foul; while a three pointer is awarded to the Dirty Birds for creativity in noise generation.
Nice job fellows.
Monroe Returns against Denver
Carlos Monroe will re-join the squad having missed the entire regular season thus far, as they once again take to the road for a visit to the University of Denver. He may need some adjustment time to get back into game playing condition. Asked if he would see limited time or alot of time, Jarvis said he would play "as much as his feet can carry him...it will probably be him taking himself out more than me."
Regardless of how many minutes he plays, it is welcomed news for Owl Fans.
Conference Play Set to Begin
The Owls begin Sun Belt Conference action this Tuesday versus the University of Denver. Tip off time is set for 9:00PM EST. The game can be heard on FOX 640AM.