March 3, 2012
HOT SPRINGS, AR - The Florida Atlantic men's basketball team could not overcome a slow start and fell to Arkansas State 70-55 in the first round of the Sun Belt tournament on Saturday.
The score was tied at 6 early in the first half when Arkansas State (13-19) outscored the Owls 16-6 over the next seven minutes to take a 22-12 lead. Jordan McCoy's layup with 1:20 remianing in the half pull FAU (11-19) to within three, but the Red Wolves scored the last six points of the period, including two ASU free throws after an FAU foul at the buzzer, to take a 36-27 lead into halftime.
In the second half, ASU scored the first bucket to go up by 11 and the lead never fell below double digits as the Red Wolves used their size advantage to keep the Owls from mounting a serious rally.
Dennis Mavin led the Owls with 12 points, while Shavar Richardson scored 11 in his final collegiate game. Richardson finishes his FAU career with 1,018 points, 9th all-time in school history, while Alex Tucker leaves as the all-time leader in assists with 538, which is also good for 7th all-time in Sun Belt history.