Owls Return to 'The Burrow,' Face SE Louisiana
Senior guard Paul Graham III and the Owls host SE Louisiana Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Senior guard Paul Graham III and the Owls host SE Louisiana Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Dec. 8, 2008

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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.

GAME NOTES:
# 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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