Feb. 2, 2012
MOBILE, AL - A 17-2 run down the stretch by South Alabama was the difference as the Florida Atlantic men's basketball fell to the Jaguars 65-56 on Thursday night.
Shavar Richardson scored the first five points of the game for the Owls and seven of the first 12 as FAU (9-13, 5-4 Sun Belt) built an early six point lead. USA (12-9, 4-6) eventually tied the score and the two battle back and forth for much of the first half. However, a late Owl surge put FAU ahead 32-26 at the half.
A Raymond Taylor three-pointer and subsequent Jaguar technical gave the Owls a 39-29 lead five minutes into the second half. The Jaguars would not go away and eventually clawed back to within two at the seven minute mark. After Taylor put FAU up five with a three-pointer, USA began their game closing run, which snapped FAU's three-game winning streak.
Kelvin Penn scored six points, grabbed five rebounds, had three blocks and three steals in the loss. Greg Gantt and Shavar Richardson each scored 13 points on the night. Richardson's effort put him in the school's all-time top-10 in career points. He becomes the third current Owl in the top-10 joining Taylor and Gantt. Alex Tucker had six assists in the game, putting him eight away from becoming the school's all-time leader.
FAU will return to Boca Raton to host rival FIU on Saturday in the annual "Bury the Burrow in Red" game. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the first 1,000 students will receive free t-shirts. Live stats and audio of the game will be available at www.fausports.com.