Jan. 19, 2008
BOCA RATON, FL - The Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team successfully defended its home court, defeating North Texas 86-81 on Saturday.
The Owls (6-13, 2-6 Sun Belt) jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead, with Carlos Monroe scoring eight of those points. North Texas (12-6, 3-4) fought back to tie the score at 13. The two teams traded buckets the remainder of the half, with the biggest margin for either team coming when a Sanchez Hughley three point play gave FAU a 38-32 with 2:05 left in the half. A Dez Willingham jumper just before the buzzer cut the Owls' lead to 42-39 at the break. Monroe led all scorers with 10 points in the half.
The second half proved to be a repeat of the first as neither was able to establish firm control of the contest out of the locker room. FAU led 49-47 with 17:15 remaining when the Mean Green scored the next 11 points to take the lead. The Mean Green lead was still at 10 points with 7:07 left in the game when FAU ran off 15 of the next 20 points to tie the score at 78. North Texas led 81-78 with 62 seconds left when Monroe drained two free throws to cut the UNT lead to one. After a Mean Green turnover, Paul Graham scored on a sweeping lay-up to give the Owls an 82-81 lead. Ben Bell missed a potential go ahead jumper and UNT was forced two foul. Sanchez Hughley hit both free throws to put the lead at 84-81. Willingham missed a three-pointer and Xavier Perkins hit two more free throws to provide the final margin.
"This was a total team effort. Guys did what it took to win," said FAU head coach Rex Walters.
Monroe had 19 points and 13 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the year. FAU returns to action on Thursday, January 24 when they face Denver. The game will be held at Lynn University due to FAU hosting the presidential debates. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by the women's game against North Texas. Live audio of the game will be available via fausports.com and WMEN-640AM. Live stats will also be available via GameTracker on fausports.com.