Florida Atlantic senior guard Alex Tucker scored the final four points of the game, the last basket coming with 2.4 seconds left, to lead the Owls to a 62-60 win over Hofstra Tuesday.
It was a see-saw battle, with the score tied 10 times and the lead changing 14 times, but FAU (3-3) was able to overcome a 9-point deficit in the second half to come away with the win.
“I wish it was a better performance overall, but we won,” FAU coach Mike Jarvis said. “We will take it.”
FAU was out-rebounded 42-43 but outshot the Pride 42.6 percent to 30 percent from the field at Mack Sports Complex in Hampstead, N.Y.
“They beat us on the boards tonight. They should have won this game,” Jarvis said.
Greg Gantt had 21 points, including four straight baskets late that put FAU in position to win, to lead the Owls. Gantt, a junior from Gainesville, now has 1,004 points in his career.
All of FAU’s wins this season have come over members of the Continental Athletic Association.
FAU was coming off an 80-75 overtime win over George Mason, which was picked to finish second in the 12-team CAA. FAU got its first win of the season Nov. 14 with the beat Georgia State of the CAA, picked to finish at the bottom of the conference. Hofstra (2-2) was picked to finish eighth.
“We are in first place in the Colonial Athletic Association, what more can I say?” Jarvis said.
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