Nov. 18, 2013
BOSTON, MA - Pablo Bertone scored a career high 27 points and Justin Raffington tallied his first career double-double, but it was not enough as the Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team lost to Boston College 82-79 on Sunday night. The game was part of the 2K Sports Classic.
The Owls (1-3) scored the first seven points of the game, but the Eagles rallied to take a 17-11 lead. FAU came back to tie the score at 30. The score was level at 34 late in the first half, when BC (1-3) scored the last five points of the stanza, including a halfcourt three pointer at the buzzer to take a 39-34 advantage into the locker room.
BC stretched the lead to 13 in the early portion of the second half, but the Owls went on a 7-0 run to pull within six at 53-47. From that point on, the game fell into a pattern of the Eagles threatening to put the game away and FAU counterpunching its way back into striking distance.
Bertone hit a three-pointer to cut the Owls' deficit to 79-77 with 15 seconds left. After a pair of BC free throws and a Marquan Botley layup, FAU still trailed by two with seven seconds left. The Eagles split their trip to the free throw line, giving the Owls the opportunity to win the game. However, FAU was unable to get a shot off and BC survived with the win.
The Owls will travel to Detroit next weekend for the Detroit Regional of the 2K Sports Classic. Their first game will be against the host Titans at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. Live audio will be available on fausports.com and ESPN 106.3 FM.