Dec. 8, 2008
SE LOUISIANA (4-3) @ FLORIDA ATLANTIC (3-5)
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 - FAU Arena (5,000)
Boca Raton, FL - 7:00 p.m. ET
GAME #9: Florida Atlantic will be looking to end a four-game losing streak when the Owls face Southland Conference member SE Louisiana Saturday, December 13 at the FAU Arena in Boca Raton. Tip-off is set for at 7 p.m. ET. It will be FAU's final non-conference home game.
SPECIAL PROMOTIONS: Bring an unwrapped toy to the game and receive $2 admission as part of FAU's Toys for Kids holiday drive. Also the first 50 fans will receive free popcorn and the first 200 fans will receive a free Amp Energy drink. For tickets and more information call 1-866-FAU-OWLS.
THE SERIES: FAU and SLU have met twice, splitting a home-and-home series during the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons. Each team won on the road. SLU claimed a 72-69 victory at the FAU Arena on January 6, 1996. FAU responded the next season by winning 76-60 on the Lions' home floor in Hammond, LA.
TV/RADIO/INTERNET: All of FAU's regular-season games (home and away) will air on live commercial radio WFTL - 640 AM with additional audio links available via FAUSPORTS.com. Ken LaVicka will call Saturday night's game in Boca Raton. Live scoring via GAMETRACKER will also be provided on FAUSPORTS.com.
# Mike Jarvis (366-207 all-time) is in his 1st year as FAU head coach
# The game with SLU is last of three non-conference home dates for FAU
# The Owls are 2-0 at home this season and 34-7 at home spanning the past three years
# FAU has not played since losing 60-55 at Florida Gulf Coast on Monday, December 1
# FAU is in the midst of playing 10-of-13 on the road to start the year
# The Owls have lost four-straight after starting the season 3-1 for the first time in its 15-year Division I history
# Senior G Paul Graham III leads the Owls in scoring at 13.4 per game
# Graham III became the 7th player in FAU history to score 1,000-points after scoring 16 against UMKC... he will be honored for that achievement before the game
# Underclassmen G/F Xavier Perkins and G Shavar Richardson are each scoring 12+ per night
# Perkins is averaging a team-best 16 points and 8 rebounds in FAU's last four games
# Sophomore F/C Brett Royster (2.3 blocks p/g) is on pace to shatter FAU's single-season record for blocked shots
# The Owls continue to play without all-conference forward Carlos Monroe, who has missed the first eight games (eligibility).
# The Owls will next play at SBC rival Denver Tuesday, December 16 at 9 p.m. ET
FLORIDA ATLANTIC: The Owls (3-5) will be playing at home for the first time since beating UMKC 77-59 at the FAU Arena back on November 22. FAU has since lost four-straight. Saturday's game will be the last chance FAU fans will get see the Owls in Boca Raton until January 1 when FAU plays South Alabama. First-year head coach Mike Jarvis got FAU off to a 3-1 start, which included a preseason NIT victory over Santa Clara. Senior guard Paul Graham III, FAU's leading scorer (13.4 ppg), will be honored before Saturday's game for becoming the 7th-player in school history to score 1,000 points. Sophomore's G/F Xavier Perkins and F/C Brett Royster are enjoying break-out seasons. They are the team's top two rebounders and both shoot 50% from the field. The pair are the only players to have started in every game.
SE LOUISIANA: The Lions are 4-3, returning three starters from its 17-13 team a year ago. SLU took Arkansas into overtime in their season-opener and Texas Tech had to rally to overcome a first-half deficit to beat the Lions 74-63 in Lubbock. Thanks to a 108-51 victory over Southern-New Orleans Saturday in Hammond, SLU upped its scoring average to 84.9 points per game which ranks 10th in the NCAA. They shoot 40% as a team from 3-point range. Leading scorer 6-foot-5 G/F Kevyn Green (21.4 ppg) has made 26-of-50 from beyond the 3-point arc. Green ranks in the top 20 nationally in a number of offensive categories, including 3-pointers per game (3.7). Four players average double-figures in scoring, including junior C Patrick Sullivan (10.1 ppg) who also leads the team in blocks (17) and rebounds (8.0 rpg).
NEXT UP: FAU begins Sun Belt Conference play next week with a road trip to play both Denver (Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET) and Troy (Thursday at 8 p.m. ET).
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