Feb. 5, 2011
BOCA RATON, FL - Brett Royster scored 18 points, pulled down nine rebounds and had the game-winning bucket in the Florida Atlantic men's basketball team's 73-72 win over FIU on Saturday.
The Golden Panthers (9-14, 4-7 Sun Belt) hit eight three pointers and shot 52 percent from the field in the first half. Despite the hot shooting by their opponents, the Owls (18-7, 10-1) managed to stay within eight for the entire half and were within six points at halftime, 35-29.
FIU continued to play well offensively in the second half and built a 12 point lead with less than 10 minutes remaining. The Owls then scored the next 11 points to pull within one at the six minutes mark. The Golden Panthers answered with a run of their own and led by six with a minute remaining. Shavar Richardson hit a three to cut the lead in half with 52 ticks left.
An Owl defensive stop was followed by two Raymond Taylor free throws to pull within one. After a Dennis Mavin foul, Phil Gray missed two free throws that could have put FIU ahead by three. Greg Gantt grabbed the defensive rebound and hit Alex Tucker who drove the ball into the lane and found Brett Royster for the go ahead bucket. A desperation heave at the buzzer missed high and gave the Owls a dramatic win.
Gantt finished with a game high 19 points. The win gives FAU its 10th conference win, which is the third time FAU has won that many games since joining the Sun Belt.
The Owls travel to Denver on Thursday to face the Pioneers. Game time is 9 p.m. eastern and live audio will be available at www.fausports.com.