Feb. 1, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Pablo Bertone had his ninth 20-point game of the season and Justin Raffington had his ninth double-double of the year in the Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team's 65-57 win over Marshall on Saturday.
Marshall (8-15, 2-6 C-USA) was on fire from the field at the start of the game, but the Owls (8-14, 3-4) used their size advantage to grab offensive rebounds and keep themselves in the contest.
A Chris Thomas layup put Marshall up 19-17 at the 9:41 mark of the first half, but that was the Thundering Herd's last field goal more than six minutes. During that drought, FAU built a nine-point lead, 29-20. Marshall scored five straight points, but the Owls answered with a 9-0 run to gain a 38-25 advantage early in the second half.
FAU kept its lead in double figures for extended stretches of the second half, but Marshall did not go away and eventually cut the margin to three in the final minute. However, the Owls, who had shot just 5-of-14 from the free throw line to that point, made 5-of-6 from the charity stripe down the stretch to clinch the win.
Raffington scored a career high 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds in the victory. Grant Pelchen added five points and grabbed four rebounds in nine minutes of action. The Owls return home to play Middle Tennessee on Thursday night. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and live video and live stats will be available at fausports.com. For tickets, contact the FAU ticket office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS or log on to FAUTix.com.