Jan. 23, 2007
BOCA RATON, FL -- The Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team returns to the home hardwood to welcome Louisiana-Lafayette and UALR to FAU Arena this week.
DeAndre Rice scored 46 points in the two games last week to take over the Owl scoring lead at 17.8 ppg. Carlos Monroe is close behind at 17.7, while Paul Graham (14.2) and Jeff Parmer (10.2) also average double-figures. Graham is still listed as day-to-day with a lower back injury suffered in the loss to Denver. On the trip, Brent Crews moved into third all-time on FAU's career assists list.
The Owls (8-11, 4-5 SBC) shoot 47.0 percent from the floor to average 71.3 points per game. FAU opponents connect at a 48.8 percent rate to average 78.3. FAU has struggled recently, dropping five of its last seven decisions, but still sits in fourth place in the SBC East. Florida Atlantic is 5-2 this season at home.
FAU hosts ULL on Wednesday. The Ragin' Cajuns (5-15, 3-7 SBC) are sixth among SBC West teams. Ross Mouton and David Dees lead the way offensively for ULL at 18.6 and 17.5 points per game, respectively. Elijah Millsap (11.0) also averages in double figures while leading the team in rebounding (7.4).
ULL hits 41.6 percent of its attempts to average 65.8 points per contest while allowing opponents to make 44.5 percent of their attempts for 73.2 points. The Cajuns hold a slight rebounding edge (+2.0) over their opponents. ULL is 0-9 on the road this season, 0-4 in conference play. Its last time out, ULL picked up a 69-62 home win against Troy to snap a three-game losing streak.
UALR (9-12, 4-6 SBC) sits in fifth in the Western Division and is off until Saturday's meeting with FAU. The Trojans fought back from a 19-point deficit with under 10 minutes remaining their last time out, but came up just short against Middle Tennessee at home. They have now lost three of their last four and have not won back-to-back games since late November. UALR has lost five of its last six on the road, the win coming against Louisiana-Lafayette on December 28.
Rashad Jones-Jennings is among the conference's elite players. He ranks among the nation's leaders in rebounds at 12.1 caroms per game and leads the team in scoring at 12.7. Terrance Akins is the only other Trojan to average double-figures in scoring at 12.2.
The Trojans shoot 42.4 percent from the floor to average 64.4 points-per-game while their opponents connect at 46.4 percent for 69.5 points. Jones-Jennings leads the rebounding attack which holds a +4.6 edge over opponents.
Both games begin at 7 p.m., and can be heard on WMEN 640 AM with the voice of the Owls, Evan Cohen. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Season tickets are still available for FAU men's and women's basketball. Fans can also purchase individual game tickets ($10 general admission for adults, $7 for youth/seniors) or as a group ($5/ticket for groups of 15 or more). Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster, on FAUsports.com, at the FAU Box Office located next to the Tom Oxley Athletic Center on the Boca Raton campus, or by calling 1-866-FAU-Owls. Tickets will also be available in the lobby of FAU Arena once doors open. There is no charge for parking during FAU men's and women's basketball games.
Wednesday's are also Take a Kid to the Game days. Free admission is given to one child with each purchase of an adult ticket.
Fans can join both Men's Basketball Head Coach Rex Walters and Women's Basketball Head Coach Chancellor Dugan on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at noon at Cucina D'Angelo, located in the Boca Center for the third basketball luncheon of the season. Both coaches will be open for questions and will discuss both past and future games. The cost is $20 per person. RSVP to Shelly Binegar at 561-297-0408 or email@example.com.