Feb. 18, 2010
MIAMI, FL - Another late defensive stand was the key in the Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team's 77-74 on Thursday night. After two Tremayne Russell free throws and an Alex Tucker turnover, FIU had the ball and a chance to take the lead with 15 seconds left, but Shavar Richardson drew a charge to regain possession for the Owls. The Golden Panthers got the ball back after another FAU turnover, but then Brett Royster swatted a J.C. Otero shot attempt and Raymond Taylor secured the rebound. FIU had one last chance to tie the game, but a three pointer at the buzzer fell short.
The score was tied at the half, due in part to FIU hitting seven three-pointers in the first half. They hit just one the rest of the game. The Owls led by as many as a dozen in the second half, but the Golden Panthers slowly worked their way back into the game, holding FAU to just one field goal in four minutes, even taking a 70-69 lead late in the game. Raymond Taylor put the Owls back ahead as his scored the game's next four points, the last of a run in which he scored eight straight points for FAU.
Sanchez Hughley tied his career-high with 19 points, Brett Royster had his second straight double-double, including a career-high 14 rebounds. FAU (14-12, 10-5 Sun Belt) matches its best conference win total since joining the Sun Belt and is currently tied for first place in the conference. The Owls will travel to Troy to take on the Trojans on Saturday night.