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Slow Start Grounds Owls, 101-76

Jan. 6, 2007

Box Score

MOBILE, AL - Carlos Monroe scored a career-high 29 points but the Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team couldn't overcome a 25-point halftime deficit, dropping a 101-76 decision to South Alabama on Saturday.

Monroe was 13-for-19 from the floor and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line to go with eight rebounds. It was the fifth time in six games that Monroe has surpassed the 20-point mark.

DeAndre Rice scored 17 points despite a poor shooting night, thanks to a 10-for-13 night from the charity stripe. Paul Graham added 11 for FAU.

All five of South Alabama's starters finished in double-figures, led by Demetric Bennett's 25 and Carlos Smith's 20. The starting five accounted for 91 of USA's 101 points. Smith also finished with nine assists.

USA shot 58.2 percent from the floor, and an amazing 60.9 percent from behind the arc (14-23). FAU hit 48.0 percent of its shots but went just 3-for-17 from behind the arc (17.6 percent). A strong night at the free-throw line (25-for-30) helped the Owl cause.

The Jaguars (9-7, 3-2 SBC) held a 33-24 rebounding edge and committed just 11 turnovers while being credited with 21 assists.

FAU trailed by 25 at the break, 50-25, but played USA even in the second half, 51-51. It's the first time an Owl opponent scored more than 100 points in regulation since Mercer scored 107 on February 19, 2005.

The Owls (7-8, 3-2 SBC) will return home to face Middle Tennessee State and Louisiana-Monroe next week.



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