Second Half Surge Is Off The Mark
FAU took on the Privateers of New Orleans tonight hoping to start a new streak - a winning one. But a failed second half comeback attempt left them back in the loss column by a final score of 68-75.
Teams matched baskets and stood toe to toe during a first half which saw a remarkable 6 ties and 14 lead changes.
Alex Tucker was impressive in the first period with 5 assists, and tossed a half court no look pass to a wide open Chris Watson who flushed one home for the Owls.
The Privateers jogged into the locker room with a 3 point lead off of a late run with just under 1:00 to play in the period.
Florida Atlantic struggled to control the ball during the second half and saw New Orleans extend its lead to 54-42 at the 9:00 mark of the second half.
The Owls pulled to within 4 on a Paul Graham bank shot, and would have a number of chances to cut into the Pioneer lead late in the game, but shots just didn't fall. Turnovers also plagued the Owls:
"Can not win on the road turning the ball over. I don't think one of them was forced. Poorly played game in terms of concentration", offered Coach Jarvis on the loss.
Free throws were also a problem for FAU, as they made just 6 of 14 from the line.
That's The Stats Jack
Brett Royster sank a career high 17 points, and added 3 swats in his continued quest to become FAU's all-time single season leader in blocks.
Chris Watson hauled in 9 boards to accompany his 10 points.
Alex Tucker dished out 11 assists.
Next Up for The Owls
FAU next hosts the Troy Trojans this Saturday, February 7th, at 7:00PM. The Owls will look to avenge an earlier season road loss when they were downed 87-94 at Troy. Free T-Shirts will be offered to the first 150 fans in attendance, and a free hotdog, popcorn or nachos will be available for the first 150 students.