FAU Falls to Florida International
Brett Royster had career highs in points (10) and rebounds (six) Saturday night.
Brett Royster had career highs in points (10) and rebounds (six) Saturday night.

Jan. 5, 2008

Box Score

MIAMI, FL - A hot shooting opponent once again proved too much to overcome as the Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team fell to rival Florida International 69-58.

The Golden Panthers shot 11-19 from three-point range in the game, including 9-11 in the first half. FIU lost all three of last season's meetings, including an overtime loss in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament in a game that was played in FAU Arena.

The Owls (4-11, 0-4) took an early one point lead as Carderro Nwoji scored the first seven FAU points. A 24-5 FIU run gave the Golden Panthers a 30-12 lead with 7:50 remaining in the first half. FAU cut the lead to a dozen late in the first half on a Brett Royster three-point play. However, an Alex Galindo three pointer just before the break gave FIU a 41-23 lead at the half.

FAU came out at the start of the second half with renewed determination and used their full court press to make a dent in their halftime deficit. The Owls cut the FIU lead to as little as eight, trailing 58-50 with 6:40 remaining. The Golden Panthers scored the next five points to push the lead back to 13 and put the game out of reach for FAU.

Brett Royster had a career-high 10 points and six rebounds for the Owls. FAU returns to action on Wednesday, January 9 when they travel to Middle Tennessee to take on the Blue Raiders. Live audio of the game will available on fausports.com and WMEN-640AM.



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