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Walters Set to Begin New Era

Oct. 31, 2006

BOCA RATON, FL - The 2006-07 season is about to begin for the Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team.

The team will take the court for the first time this season in an exhibition game versus Florida Tech on Thursday at FAU Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Rex Walters will make his head coaching debut in the contest after serving as FAU's associate head coach under Matt Doherty last season.

FAU went 15-13 last season, the highest win total since 2001-02 when the program last entered the NCAA Tournament. The 14-6 mark during conference play was the most successful in program history. 2005-06 was the team's final season in the Atlantic Sun.

This season, the Owls will enter the Sun Belt Conference. FAU returns six letterwnners from last season's squad, a team that posted an assist on 59.1% of all shots made.

DeAndre Rice led the team in scoring with 16.1 ppg, including 66 three-pointers. Brent Crews posted 133 assists to go with his 5.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg. Paul Graham, III, Carlos Monroe, Derrick Simmons and David Anderson also return from last year's squad. Monroe earned All-Freshman honors last season after posting 11.0 ppg and 4.6 rpg in 17 games played. All six returning players started at least one game last season.

Those six will be joined by seven newcomers as the team enters the Sun Belt, a conference ranked 18th in RPI during the 2005-06 season, 11 spots higher than the A-Sun. Sean Alarcon (Indian River CC), Eni Cuka (Niagara Univ.), Seydou Kone (Broward CC), and Jeff Parmer (Palm Beach CC) join FAU as transfers this season, while Xavier Perkins, Sanchez Hughley and Avery Holley make up the freshman class.

The exhibition game will be FAU fans' first and only chance to get a look at this year's team before the Owls embark on a five-game road trip to start the season. FAU will open the season November 10 at the site of the program's most historic win in Stillwater, OK where the Owls will face the Cowboys of Oklahoma State.

The Owls defeated OSU on December 1, 1998, the only previous meeting between the two schools. It was the first non-conference loss at home for the Cowboys in 87 contests, and OSU entered the game unbeaten and ranked in the top-10. Florida Atlantic secured the victory when Gary Durant stole an inbounds pass which led to a score with just four seconds left to give the Owls an 83-81 victory.

FAU's first home contest during the regular season will be November 28 against Florida Memorial at 7 p.m.

Game notes for each contest will be posted prior to game time on, where fans can also get a look at this year's media guide and stay up-to-date on all the news about the team throughout the season.

Fans can also follow the team via GameTracker which can be accessed via the Owl All Access button on

For more information on the upcoming season, including festivities scheduled for the exhibition opener and season ticket information, click here



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