Nov. 11, 2007
BOSTON, MA - The Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team looks for its first win of the season in a tough match-up against ACC contender Boston College at Silvio O. Conte Forum Monday night.
Carlos Monroe led FAU with 22 points and 9 rebounds, shooting 69.2 percent from the field (9-13 FG) and 4-of-4 at the free throw line, in a 90-63 season-opening loss at Rhode Island last Friday.
"I thought we came out with great energy," said head coach Rex Walters, "but Rhode Island didn't bat an eye, they just kept coming. Those are the type of teams we want to be able to beat and compete against for 40 minutes."
Boston College went 10-6 in conference play (20-11 overall) a year ago, finishing in a three-way tie for third in the ACC. The Eagles earned a #7 seed in the East Region of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, downing #10 seed Texas Tech in the first round, 84-75. B.C. fell to #2 seed Georgetown, 62-55, in the second round as part of the Hoyas' march to the Final Four.
Tenth-year head coach Al Skinner leads a young, talented group into 2007-08, coming off a season-opening 67-57 home win over New Hampshire. Four freshmen - Biko Paris, Rakim Sanders, Corey Raji and Josh Southern - combined for 53 points and 17 rebounds in their Boston College debuts on Saturday.
"It's a great, great test," said Walters. "It'll really show our guys the mental toughness and mindset that you have to have to play at the highest level."
The Eagles (1-0) were picked to finish eighth in the ACC preseason media poll. Junior guard Tyrese Rice (`06-'07: 17.6 PPG, 5.4 APG), declared ineligible for the team's first game for participating in a non-sanctioned summer league game, was named first team preseason All-ACC and makes his first appearance of the season on Monday against FAU.