Nov. 18, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Facing a 13-point halftime deficit, the Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team staged a late comeback that fell just short in a 76-66 loss to Cleveland State University on Sunday at the Ocean Center.
Carlos Monroe was brilliant throughout for FAU, registering his second double-double of the season with team highs in points (23) and rebounds (13). It was the 13th double-double of his career, as the junior center pursues the all-time record of Mike Bell (25) in that category.
With his fifth-consecutive double-digit scoring game to start the season, Paul Graham III remains the team's leading scorer after an 18-point effort on 6-of-13 shooting. The junior swingman is averaging nearly 18 points per game this season.
Redshirt freshman Xavier Perkins had his strongest game as an Owl, getting to the line seven times with aggressive moves off the dribble and logging nine points on the day.
Three players notched double figures for the Vikings, with J'Nathan Bullock leading the charge on the strength of 25 points and 8 boards. Reserve guard Joe Davis sparked Cleveland State's scoring off the bench with 18 points, while point guard Cedric Jackson posted 17 to go with a game-high 6 assists.
FAU finished the weekend 1-and-2, after a 68-62 win over Stetson on Friday and a 100-69 loss on Saturday to South Florida.
Florida Atlantic (1-4) now prepares for a trip to the Midwest after the Thanksgiving holiday with games against UMKC, as well as fourth-ranked Kansas - the alma mater of FAU head coach Rex Walters.