Freshman guard Alex Tucker matched a career-high by distributing 11 assists Thursday night in New Orleans
Feb. 5, 2009
NEW ORLEANS, LA - New Orleans used a 17-6 surge midway through the second half to build a 12-point lead and would hold off Florida Atlantic at the Lakefront Arena 75-68.
Florida Atlantic (5-19; 1-11 Sun Belt) - one of the nation's best teams in limiting its turnovers per game (12.2) - committed 19 turnovers Thursday. The Owls drop to 0-13 on the road.
"You can not win on the road turning the ball over," said FAU head coach Mike Jarvis after the game. "Unfortunately some of our guys do not realize that. We need to get mentally tougher and take care of the ball."
New Orleans (9-13; 5-7 Sun Belt) had three players reach double-figures in scoring. Kyndall Dykes led all scorers with 23 points and senior classmate T.J Worley added 19.
Worley scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, making a timely 3 to give the Privateers its biggest lead, 54-42, with nine minutes to play.
Florida Atlantic continues its league schedule Saturday night, returning home to play Troy. Tip-off is scheduled for approximately 7 p.m. ET at the FAU Arena. The game is part of a doubleheader with the women's teams from both schools.