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Sunday's result: FAU 74, South Alabama 64

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Nothing regular about it

FAU ties a school record with its 21st victory of the season by defeating South Alabama in the last regular-season game of the year.

Originally published on 2/27/2011

by Marcus Nelson

 Florida Atlantic coach Mike Jarvis didn’t want to head into the Sun Belt Conference tournament on a losing streak.

Thanks to a 74-64 victory vs. South Alabama in Mobile, Ala. on Sunday, the Owls will be heading to Hot Springs, Ark. on a hot streak.

The victory was FAU’s third in a row, allowing the Owls (21-9, 13-03) to tie a school record for victories in a season.

“We have 21 wins and are 13-3 in the league,” said FAU coach Mike Jarvis. “I don’t know if there is any coach in the country who wouldn’t be happy with that.”

The victory didn’t come easy.

The Owls led by as many as 12 points in the second half before the Jaguars cut the margin to 52-51 with eight minutes remaining.  However, the Owls answered with an 8-0 run and made their free throws down the stretch to bring the regular season to a close on a high note.

“They call it a trap game ,” Jarvis said. “You’ve got to travel and you’ve already clinched the league. It’s not easy, but we won. We have 21 wins and that’s something to be proud about.”

FAU, the No. 1 seed in the East Division, already had earned a first-round bye in the Sun Belt Tournament which begins Saturday.

 

 

Game-Changer: South Alabama had cut a 12-point lead to 52-51 when Brett Royster was fouled and made the basket. Royster missed the free-throw but Greg Gantt grabbed the rebound and put it back, giving the Owls four points on the trip as they went up 56-51.

 

Trending topics

  • That late-season slump is long forgotten as the Owls are clicking heading into the conference tourney.
  • The strategy to bring Alex Tucker off the bench is working well. Tucker had 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field.
  • The season is far from over, but already it is one to remember as this program is indeed on the rise.

Key stats

  • 1 – Number of seasons when the Owls won 21 games. In the second year of the program, FAU was 21-7 as a Division II member.
  • 27 - Points off the bench for FAU
  • 15 – Assists on FAU’s 31 field goals. Tucker led the team with seven

Up Next

FAU will face either Troy, UALR or North Texas in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in Hot Springs, Ark.

 

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Breakdown Box

 Re-Tweet Replay: Our Tweets from the game

 

  • FAU vs. South Alabama: News from Mobile is that South Alabama senior guard Tim Williams (12.7 ppg) is out for this game for personal reasons 
  • u16 1st FAU 11 USA 7: Owls shooting well to start game, Richardson continues to play well
  • u12 1st FAU 15 USA 9: Kore White, Jordan McCory each with dunks to give Owls a cushion 
  • u8 1st FAU 20 USA 15: Brett Royster joins the dunk parade...Tucker picks up 2nd foul
  • Halftime: FAU 32, South Alabama 26...Brett Rosyter leads Owls with 7 points, Greg Gantt 6 points
  • u16 2nd FAU 41, USA 33: Owls jump out quickly to 12-point lead in opening minutes of 2nd half 
  • u12 2nd FAU 49 USA 40: Royster slams at home and is first Owl in double figures (11 pts)
  • u8 2nd FAU 52 USA 51: Jags have scored last nine points and almost erased Owls' lead
  • u4 FAU 66 USA 57: Owls were in danger of blowing lead, but then went on 8-0 run
  • FINAL: FAU 74 South Alabama 64...Owls are 21-9, 13-3 Sun Belt and tie school record for victories in a season 

 

 

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