Brett Royster scored 12 points and had nine rebounds against Mississippi State on Tuesday.
Nov. 30, 2010
The Owls (4-4) once again fell behind early in the first half, trailing by as many as 13 on two separate occasions. FAU had a 9-2 to close the period, including five straight by Shavar Richardson to cut the lead to 35-29 at halftime.
Early in the second half, the Bulldogs pushed the lead out to nine after an Elgin Bailey lay-in. From that point, the Owls went on a 14-2 run, capped off by a Brett Royster slam to take a 48-45 lead with 9:31 remaining. The two teams traded buckets for the next several minutes before a Twany Beckham lay-in put MSU ahead 55-54 with 3:35 remaining. White and Royster then combined for the game's next five points to put the Owls up 59-55.
The Bulldogs rallied once again and pulled within one at 60-59 with 31 ticks left. Mississippi State fouled Greg Gantt and Gantt split the pair to put the Owls up 61-59. Raymond Taylor fouled Brian Bryant, but Bryant missed the first and intentionally missed the second, Kore White lost control of the loose ball out of bounds as the buzzer sounded.
The officials reviewed the game film and decided to put 00.3 seconds on the clock. MSU's tip-in attempt did not get off in time, giving the Owls the win.
Gantt joined White and Royster in double figures with 12 points and Richardson had nine points in his first significant action since returning from injury. The win is FAU's first in nine tries against SEC competition.
FAU returns to the Burrow on Saturday to host USF. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.