FGCU Tops Florida Atlantic
Chris Watson scores two if his eight points against FGCU Monday night. (Photo by Jim Dostie)
Chris Watson scores two if his eight points against FGCU Monday night. (Photo by Jim Dostie)

Dec. 1, 2008

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FT. MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast closed the game on a 12-2 run to beat Florida Atlantic 60-55 Monday night.

The Eagles (2-4) received a career-high 27 points from junior Derrick O'Neil. FGCU was completing a five-game home stand at the Alico Arena in Ft. Myers.

Florida Atlantic (3-5) held the lead until the final 2 1/2 minutes. The Owls have lost four-straight after starting 3-1 for the first time in its 15-year Division I history. Freshman Alex Tucker scored a season-high 10 points for FAU. Brett Royster added nine and 10 rebounds.

Tied at 53 with 2:33 left, FGCU took its first lead of the second half on a made free throw and Reed Baker dropped in a point-blank jump shot moments later to put the Eagles up 56-53 with 1:35 on the clock. The FGCU lead was three with 36 seconds left when Baker made the second of two free throws to make it 57-53.

FAU had a five-point lead on two different occasions in the second half. Paul Graham III swished in a 3-pointer to put the Owls up 51-46 at the 6:28 mark. Earlier in the half Xavier Perkins scored seven-straight FAU points to make the lead 40-35.

However things remained close and after Perkins fouled out with 4:32 remaining O'Neil capitalized by making both ends of the one-and-one to pull FGCU to within one, 53-52.

A native of Moreno Valley, California, O'Neil shot 7-of10 from the field and made 12 free throws. No other FGCU player reached double figures in scoring.

The Owls used a balanced scoring attack to overcome an early 16-8 deficit and lead 30-28 at the intermission and held the lead until the waning moments.



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