Nov. 26, 2011
TAMPA, FL - USF shot 51. 9 percent from the floor in the first half and used a 42-29 rebounding advantage to defeat Florida Atlantic 68-55 on Saturday.
The Owls (3-4) scored the game's first five points and was still leading more than eight minutes into the game, when the Bulls closed the half on a 23-5 run to go into the locker room up 39-23 at the half.
USF used its significant size advantage to extend the lead to 22 points early in the second half. Omari Grier scored 17 of his career high 20 points in the second half to help cut the lead to as little as nine, but the Bulls continued to pound the glass and were able to fend off the Owls' rally.
Pablo Bertone (11) was the only other Owl in double figures and had a team high five rebounds. Raymond Taylor had a season high nine assists to go along with seven points.
FAU will travel to historic Phog Allen Fieldhouse to take on Kansas on Wednesday. Live audio of the game will be available at www.fausports.com and the game will be televised throughout the state of Kansas on the Jayhawk Network.