Nov. 11, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL (November 11, 2013) - An extended offensive drought proved costly for the Florida Atlantic men's basketball team in a 59-57 loss to St. Francis on Monday night.
The game was close in the early going, as neither team held a lead larger than four points through more than 17 minutes of game action. A Dragan Sekelja dunk put the Owls up five, 27-22 at the 2:47 mark of the first half. The lead was six at the half, 32-26. Sekelja scored was what already a career-high 12 points before intermission.
FAU led 40-29 early in the second half, but went scoreless for more than seven minutes, allowing the Terriers to pull within four. St. Francis ultimately tied the game at 42, but the Owls responded with five straight points. The Terriers fought back and managed to take the lead at 52-50 with just over three minutes left on the clock. A three-point play by Pablo Bertone tied the score at 54, but St. Francis' Ben Mockford hit a three to regain the lead.
Freshman Marquan Botley immediately answered with a triple of his own to tie the score at 57. The Terriers were able to score on a lay-in to take a two point edge. FAU had a chance to win the game, but the three-pointer was off the mark and St. Francis survived for the victory.
Sekelja had career highs in points (21) and rebounds (12) for his first career double-double. He also tied his career high with five assists.
The Owls will travel to Duke on Friday to face the no. 4 Blue Devils. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live at ESPN3.com. Live audio of the game will be available at www.fausports.com and on ESPN 106.3 FM.