Dec. 4, 2010
BOCA RATON, FL - Junior guard Alex Tucker scored a career high 19 points and the Florida Atlantic men's basketball team defeated USF 50-42 on Saturday night.
The Owls (5-4) got out to a quick start, taking a 13-4 lead just over six minutes into the game, with Tucker scoring six points during the run. The margin never dipped below four points the rest of the half and Tucker struck again, putting in a layup with 18 seconds left to make the score 24-18 at the half.
A Greg Gantt three-point play early in the second half put FAU up nine, but USF rallied to pull within two. The Bulls threatened to tie the game on several occasions, but were unable to ever pull even. A three point play by USF, cut the lead to one with 3:13 remaining. Those would be the last points of the night for the Bulls. Tucker responded with a three-point play of his own, that put the lead back to four and free throws down the stretch sealed the win for the Owls.
The win in the second in a row for the Owls over a "Big Six" BCS conference team. FAU entered the week with just three wins over those conferences in program history.
FAU will now hit the road for a five game road trip, beginning on December 11 at Hofstra.