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FAU junior forward Brett Royster slams home two of his eight points. (FAUOwlAccess photo)


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> MTSU 66, FAU 57 : FAU loses its third consecutive game as the Blue Raiders dominate the Owls in the last game of the regular season

Originally published on 2/27/2010

by Marcus Nelson

> Video: FAU can't overcome slow start in loss to MTSU
> Audio: Mike Jarvis post-game press conference
> Tournament seedings: Updated after Saturday's games
> Boxscore: Individual, team stats
> Photo Gallery: Images from FAU's season finale

BOCA RATON – FAU coach Mike Jarvis issued a mea culpa at the end of Saturday’s 66-57 loss to Middle Tennessee on Saturday at FAU Arena.

“For those of you that saw us play for the first time, this was not our team,” he told the crowd at FAU Arena. “I don’t know who it was, but it wasn’t us.”

The Owls certainly didn’t look they would be apologizing for their play after defeating FIU on Feb. 18. But three consecutive losses has FAU reeling.

And it couldn’t come at a worse time for the Owls, who dropped to the No. 8 seed with next week’s Sun Belt Conference tournament. FAU will face No. 9 seed South Alabama. If the Owls win they will face No. 1 seed Troy on Sunday.

Against the Blue Raiders, the Owls struggled offensively, shooting 30.4 percent (7-of-23) from the field in the first half.
“We didn’t show up tonight for whatever reason -  I guess we were due for one of those games,” Jarvis said. “It’s unfortunate that it had to be tonight that we had a bad game. We have to move on and obviously we have a lot to work on.”

The Blue Raiders led by as many as 17 points, but The Owls were able to cut the margin to within 64-57 with 30 seconds remaining. The Blue Raiders made their free throws when then needed to and hung on for the victory.

GameBrowser:Middle Tennessee 66, FAU 57

Moving forward: Sanchez Hughley had 13 points tied his career-high with 11 rebounds. …Ray Taylor had 11 points and four assists.

Moving backward: Shavar Richardson had 31 points vs. Troy, but was 1-of-5 from the field vs. MTSU. …Alex Tucker fouled out after scoring 4 points…FAU allowed Desmond Yates 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field.

Stat download: FAU’s 22-point first half was the Owls' least productive first 20 minutes this season.

Up Next:The Owls will face South Alabama on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in Hot Springs, Ark.

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  • MTSU vs. FAU: Owls starters…Taylor, Tucker, Hughley, Gantt, Royster
  • MTSU 6, FAU 5 @ 1st half <16 media timeout: Taylor comes running over to the bench at the whistle with a finger injury, but doesn’t look serious
  • MTSU 16, FAU 8 @ 1st half <12 media timeout: Owls’ defense is lacking – and Jarvis isn’t shy about telling his team
  • MTSU 18, FAU 10 @ 1st half <8 media timeout: Blue Raiders have an impressive inside game and aren’t afraid to show it
  • MTSU 30, FAU @ 1st half <4 media timeout:Best shot by FAU? The guy that just won a year’s supply of Pepsi
  • Halftime: MTSU 32, FAU 22…Lowest-scoring first half for the Owls this season
  • MTSU 46, FAU 31 @ 2nd half <16 media timeout: Owls out of sync offensively. Not what you want just before the tournament
  • MTSU 49, FAU 36 @ 2nd half <12 media timeout: Gantt has 15 points had a nice triple to cut it to 10. Owls need stops.
  • MTSU 54, FAU 38 @ 2nd half <8 media timeout: Gantt has 4 fouls. If he fouls out, no chance at rally
  • MTSU 56, FAU 43 @ 2nd half <4 media timeout: Should be an interesting post-game speech by Jarvis
  • FINAL: MTSU 66, FAU 57…I see a FAU (8 seed) -South Alabama (9) matchup on Saturday. Blue Raiders claim share of East title


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