Bulldogs' Second Half Rally Too Much for Owls
An 18-3 second half run proved the difference as the Florida Atlantic men’s basketball team lost to Georgia 77-60 on Wednesday night.
FAU led by as many as nine in the first half before the Bulldogs tied the score at 29 shortly before halftime.
Justin Davis was fouled at the buzzer and hit one of two free throws to send the Owls to the locker room with a 30-29 lead.
The Owls trailed 44-41 with less than 12 minutes remaining when Georgia went on their decisive run.
"Until we start believing we can beat these teams, we're not going to. As a team we don't believe yet. You've got to strap-em' on baby, and go after them", said Mike Jarvis.
Georgia's Trey Thompkins led all scorers with 35 points.
Although Brett Royster tallied five blocks on the night, Jarvis was not happy with his performance down the stretch.
"Brett did not do a good job on him (Thompkins). When the game was really on the line we needed Brett to step up and makes some stops and he did not. Hopefully before we walk down the aisle a year from now he'll develop that", Jarvis said.
Taylor, who leads the Owls in scoring, also struggled going just 5 of 16 from the floor.
"Even on a bad night, he's still better than most guys. But this was his worst game, and he knows it. I'm sure he'll grow from it", said Jarvis.
Taylor and Shavar Richardson (photo) paced the Owls with 12 points each, while Greg Gantt added 10.
The Owls next travel to the University of Maryland this Sunday for a 7:00 p.m. tip in the final contest of a five game road swing.