Jan. 9, 2006
BOCA RATON, FL - The Florida Atlantic men's basketball team maintained its hold on first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference on Monday with a 77-62 victory over Stetson at FAU Arena.
DeAndre Rice and Carlos Monroe scored 21 points each for FAU (6-7, 5-1 A-Sun), whose 15-point margin of victory was its largest of the season. The Owls won the rebounding battle for the fourth straight game, 35-22.
FAU shot 52.9% from the field, its second-highest percentage of the year, and limited Stetson to 46.9%, marking the third time in four games that the Owls have held an opponent under 48%.
A man who generally likes to show his best in the second half, Rice propelled FAU into the lead with 14 points before the break, including 11 points in the first 10 minutes of the game. He came into the game averaging 16.3 points in the second half of the Owls' last four games.
Rodney Webb recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Monroe, playing in just his second collegiate game, grabbed nine rebounds and shot 8-12 from the field, while Rice was 7-10 overall and 5-6 from three-point range.
Kevin Green netted eight points in the second half, including 5-6 at the free throw line. With nine different Owls recording assists, FAU totaled 16 assists to just nine turnovers.
"It feels good to come in here (to the postgame press conference) with a victory in hand," stated head coach Matt Doherty. "We have earned these wins, and all of the pieces are really connecting right now. We have more to learn, and we are going to throw in some wrinkles (into the play calling), but it is very important for us to have reached this level as we prepare for a difficult road trip to Campbell and Gardner-Webb."
E.J. Gordon led Stetson (2-10, 2-2 A-Sun) with 15 points.
FAU is back in action on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 2:00 p.m. in A-Sun play at Gardner-Webb. The game can be heard on www.fausports.com and 1040 AM WLVJ.