Feb. 9, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Once again, late free throws were the difference as the Florida Atlantic men's basketball team's beat Denver 72-71 on Thursday night. Alex Tucker set the school record for career assists in the win.
The Owls (10-14, 6-5 Sun Belt) trailed by four with 14 seconds remaining after Chris Udofia converted a three point play, but Greg Gantt hit a three pointer to cut the lead to one, 71-70. Denver's Brian Stafford missed a pair of free throws and then fouled Shavar Richardson as he was shooting a three-pointer with just 1.1 seconds left. Richardson hit two of three from the charity stripe, and the Pioneers were unable to get a shot off before the final buzzer.
FAU had a 40-25 halftime lead after hitting seven three pointers in the first twenty minutes. Tucker's historic pass came at the 8:29 mark in the second half when Pablo Bertone put in a layup off of a feed from Tucker. Despite holding a big advantage, the Owls couldn't maintain the momentum as Denver took the lead that included 12 consecutive made field goals setting up the dramatic finish.
Tucker now has 507 assists in his career at FAU. Gantt led the Owls with 18 points and Jordan McCoy grabbed seven rebounds to lead all players.
The Owls will wrap up their three game homestand on Saturday when they host North Texas at 7 p.m. Live audio and stats of the game will be available at www.fausports.com.