Jan. 26, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Shavar Richardson provided the initial momentum and Jordan McCoy laid in the game winner to help the Florida Atlantic men's basketball team to a 67-66 win over Western Kentucky on Thursday night.
Richardson got off to a hot start, scoring the Owls' first nine points and later hit a three-pointer that put FAU ahead by seven with 8:45 remaining in the first half. The lead was nine at the 5:24 mark when WKU closed the half on a 14-5 run, capped off by a Jamal Crook steal and score that tied the game at 32 at the half.
Early in the second half, WKU scored six consecutive points to take a 40-34 lead. After a 6-0 FAU rally, including four from Richardson, to tie the score once again, the Hilltoppers scored the next seven points to lead 50-43 with 11:15 on the clock.
Trailing 64-55 at the 4:11 mark, the Owls clamped down defensively and forced four straight Hilltopper turnovers while converting on the offensive end to pull within one, 64-63. After two WKU free throws, McCoy converted an Alex Tucker assist to pull back to within one, this time at 66-65. FAU then forced yet another WKU turnover and had the ball with 26 seconds left.
Raymond Taylor was able to penetrate the lane and caused the defense to collapse, leaving McCoy free to convert the go ahead bucket with 10 seconds left. Kelvin Penn then sealed the victory on the defensive end with a block and rebound of the potential game winner for the Hilltoppers.
Richardson scored a season high 25 to lead all scorers, while McCoy added 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Owls will play at South Alabama on Thursday, February 2, beginning at 8:05 p.m. eastern. Live audio of the game will be available at www.fausports.com.