Jan. 18, 2014
BOCA RATON, FL - Second half mistakes cost the Florida Atlantic men's basketball team in a 65-60 loss to Old Dominion on Saturday night.
FAU (6-12, 2-2 C-USA) led by as many as eight in the first half, and led by six at the break. Back-to-back three pointers by D'Andre Johnson gave the Owls a 40-30 lead early in the second half.
The Monarchs (9-9, 3-0 C-USA) stayed in the ball game, aided in part by FAU going cold from the floor. A Johnson jumper put the Owls' lead back to eight, but ODU went on a 17-4 run to take a 58-53 lead with just under two minutes remaining.
The Owls still trailed by five with 21 seconds left when Pablo Bertone hit his third three-pointer of the game to cut the deficit to 62-60. ODU split its next trip to the foul line to give FAU the chance to tie, but a Marquan Botley three-pointer was off the mark and the Monarchs sank a pair of free throws to seal the win.
Justin Raffington led FAU with 15 points and 12 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double, tying a school record.
The Owls wrap up a three game homestand on Tuesday against Harvard. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday is also Social Media Night at FAU Arena. The first 400 fans to show that they like the official FAU Athletics Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FAUATHLETICS) and follow the official FAU Athletics Twitter account (www.twitter.com/FAUOwlAthletics) will receive a free t-shirt. Live video and live stats of the game will be available at www.fausports.com. The game can also be heard on ESPN 106.3 FM. To purchase tickets, call the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS or visit FAUTix.com.