Jan. 4, 2007
NEW ORLEANS, LA (January 4, 2007) -- Carlos Monroe made a huge splash in his return to the Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team, as he carried the Owls to a 93-86 road win over the New Orleans Privateers in New Orleans, LA on Thursday.
The sophomore scored a career-high 26 points in his return, two shy of his career-high set earlier this year against Florida Memorial. He scored 10 straight points for the Owls down the stretch. DeAndre Rice added 18 points and Avery Holley scored 11. Both Rice and Holley added six assists and five boards. Paul Graham added to the diversified attack, scoring 16 points and added six helpers of his own.
"Everybody contributed tonight," Head Coach Rex Walters said. "We were able to build a nice cushion in the second half and that helped us withstand a run at the end."
James Parlow led all scorers with 29 for UNO and Bo McCalebb added 24 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Shaun Reynolds had 15 points and five assists.
UNO sprinted out to an early 7-2 lead with just under 17 minutes remaining, before FAU's offense got rolling. The Owls would chip away at the lead and would eventually take a 17-16 lead at the 10:50 mark. A three by McCalebb on the next possession would put UNO back in front, 19-17, but Sean Alarcon answered back with a three of his own for FAU and put the Owls back in front, 20-19.
The two teams would trade buckets before Seydou Kone made it 25-21 with a three-point play, but UNO would regain a slim two-point lead at 32-30 with 5:21 left to play on a three-point play by Jamie McNeilly. With the score 34-32, the Owls went on a 7-0 run to take a 39-34 lead, capped off by a Rice three-pointer.
UNO would respond with a 6-0 run of their own, finished off by a James Parlow three to put the Privateers back in front, 40-39 with 2:27 left in the first half. The Owls would finish the half on a 8-2 run, spurred by a pair of threes from Paul Graham and Rice to head into the half up five, 47-42.
FAU did not commit a turnover in the first half until the 1:20 mark when McCalebb was able to strip Rice in the corner. UNO committed eight miscues in the opening frame.
FAU continued its offensive surge in the second frame, scoring the frame's first eight points and jumping out to a 55-42 lead with 17 minutes left in regulation. McCalebb would score UNO's first point of the second half on a free throw at the 16:58 mark, cutting FAU's lead to 55-43 and ending a 16-2 Owl run.
The Privateers would cut the lead to eight after a pair of McCalebb free throws, 66-58, with 12:40 remaining, but the Owls would stretch the lead back out to 12 with back-to-back buckets by Graham and Kone.
After the teams went back and forth, a Parlow three would once again cut the lead to eight at the 9:15 mark, 72-64, but back-to-back buckets by Monroe would once again stretch the lead to 12, 76-64, with eight minutes to play.
The two teams would endure a scoring drought over the next five minutes, with each team only scoring four points during that stretch. The Owls still had a 12 point lead, 80-68, with 331 left to play.
A three by Parlow would cut the lead to nine and a McNeilly jumper would trim it to seven at the 2:20 mark., but Rice would hit a layup to return the lead to nine, 84-75.
McCalebb would answer with a layup of his own and was fouled by Crews, his fifth, with 1:08 remaining. He would convert the free-throw attempt and bring the Privateers within six, 84-78.
After a Parmer free throw made it 85-78 with 54 seconds left, Privateer guard Dusty Driggs was fouled and made a pair of free throws to bring his team within five with 49 seconds left. FAU would break the UNO press and get an Avery Holley layup, 87-80, but a three by Parlow would keep UNO alive at 87-83. Monroe would be fouled with 32 seconds left and made a pair of critical free throws, but Parlow would once again put his team on life support with another triple, 89-86. He would foul out on the ensuing FAU possession, sending Graham to the line. The sophomore would make both attempts and seal the victory for FAU.
The Owls (7-7, 3-1 SBC) distributed 28 assists and committed just 10 turnovers, sending the Privateers (7-8, 3-1 SBC) to their first Sun Belt Conference loss. The win gave FAU back-to-back wins on the road for the first time this season. The 93 points were one shy of FAU's season-best scoring output, when the team scored 94 against Florida Memorial on November 28. FAU shot 59.3 percent as a team, 46.2 percent from behind the arc, and 77.3 percent from the charity stripe.
Jeff Parmer scored nine points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds, while Seydou Kone and Sean Alarcon each added five. The Owls' bench scored 53 points compared to just six for UNO. Seven players had at least two assists.
FAU will travel to Mobile, AL to face South Alabama on Saturday. The Jaguars picked up a 69-52 win at home over Florida International on Thursday.