Nov. 22, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Florida Atlantic University men's basketball head coach Rex Walters picked up his first career win as the Owls picked up a road victory against the University of North Florida, 59-44 in Jacksonville, FL on Wednesday.
"It feels good (to pick up a win). I thought we were in each of the last two games and to fight hard and find our way, it feels very good. I'm very happy for our guys more so than myself," Walters said.
"Carlos is a very talented young man and we put a lot on his shoulders as our best inside player," Walters said.
FAU made the trip with just seven players, each of them scoring at least three points in the game.
UNF was led by Rashad Williams with 12 points and four rebounds. Germaine Sparks added nine to go with eight boards.
The Owls held a 28-18 half time lead, the second straight game they've held a halftime lead.
Monroe led the Owls with 10 points at the half on 5-of-7 shooting, and Graham added seven (3-for-6) to go with his seven rebounds. FAU shot 44.4 percent (12-for-27) from the floor, while holding UNF to just 28 percent (7-for-25). The rebounding edge went to FAU, 19-14 in the first 20 minutes.
The Owls began the game on a 12-4 run over the game's first 10 minutes, led by six early points from Graham. Brent Crews made a block on a breakaway layup following an FAU turnover near the 11 minute mark to keep the run going.
The Ospreys answered with a 12-4 run of their own to begin the second frame over the first six minutes. Williams, Sparks and Ian Gibson each had four points during the run. FAU would answer with a 25-8 run of their own over the next 13 minutes to earn the victory, led by Graham and Monroe.
With the score 35-32 with 11:48 left in the second frame, Monroe scored on a layup and was fouled by UNF's James Grimball. The basket made it 37-32 with a free throw pending, but prior to the freebee, UNF's Williams was called for a technical. Sean Alarcon would hit both free throws and Monroe would tack on his continuation free throw, expanding the Owl lead to 40-32. Monroe would hit a jumper at the 10:33 mark to expand the lead to 10, 42-32, and the Owls wouldn't look back.
The Owls shot 45 percent from the floor (23-for-51) and held a 33-30 rebounding edge. They held UNF to jus three triple makes, an opponents lowest output of the season from behind the arc. The Ospreys shot 35.4 percent for the game and committed 20 turnovers.
Walters earns his first win against the same team former FAU head coach Matt Doherty earned his first win against last season.
Jeff Parmer gave the Owls 10 points and four rebounds whileDerrick Simmons added five points and five rebounds in a starting assignment. Alarcon finished with five points and four rebounds, while David Anderson and Crews each finished with three points.
Florida Atlantic (1-4) will now get a brief rest prior to the team's home opener against Florida Memorial on November 28 at FAU Arena.