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Privateer's Strong Second Dashes Owl's Hopes of Winning Streak

 

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.

 

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