FAU freshman forward Jordan McCoy is tied up as he works toward the basket in the Owls’ 74-61 victory vs. Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday at FAU Arena. (FAUOwlAccess photo)
FAU 74, ULM 61: The Owls win their seventh game of the season, surpassing last season’s six victories
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BOCA RATON – FAU only won six games all of last season, but with a 74-61 blowout of Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, the Owls have already surpassed last year’s victory total.
Predictably, the Owls don’t want to stop here.
“It means a lot to us - especially the ones that were here last year,” said FAU junior forward Brett Royster. “It’s not going to stop here. We’re going to keep working hard and we are going to win the league. That’s our goal and that’s all we think about. This win is just another step toward that.”
After defeating Troy earlier this week, the Owls also won back-to-back games over Division I opponents for the first time since Jarvis took over the program last season.
“Anything would have been better than last year,” Jarvis said. “I can’t get happy about the fact that we won more games than last year.”
FAU had no problem against Louisiana-Monroe, jumping out to a 39-22 lead at halftime.
The only thing that stopped the Owls in the second half was a brief power outage that plunged FAU Arena into total darkness for a few minutes with about five minutes remaining in the game.
FAU improved to 3-2 in the Sun Belt Conference, also improving on its league record last season when the Owls were 2-16 in conference games.
“We’re playing with a lot of confidence, right now,” said Royster who had 13 points and a team-high 6 rebounds. “All that stuff at the beginning of the year was learning for us. We’re getting to the point right below where we really know what we are capable of. We believe we can win and we’re going to go out and win every game. We really believe that.”
GameBrowser: FAU 74, Louisiana-Monroe 61
Moving forward: Besides Brett Royster’s 20 points, Ray Taylor had 12 points, Sanchez Hughley had 11 points and Shavar Richardson had 11 points off the bench. …Alex Tucker didn’t score, but had a solid game defensively and had 10 assists. …Sanchez Hughley had four steals
Moving backward: The Owls were outrebounded 37-21. …The Warhawks shot 66.7 percent (14-of-21) from the field in the second half
Stat download: 0 – points scored by ULM’s leading scorer, guard Tony Hooper, who was averaging 13.3 points per game
Up next: The Owls begin a two-game road trip when they play at Western Kentucky on Thursday. Tip-off from E.A. Diddle Arena is at 8 p.m.