With point guard Ray Taylor out of the game with an injury, Alex Tucker had to step in to the starting job Monday at Arkansas State.
Tucker, a senior from California, did more than just step up.
Tucker, who came into the game averaging 3.6 points, erupted for a season-high 16 while handing out seven assists to lead FAU (6-11, 2-2 Sun Belt) to a much-needed 58-50 win over the Red Wolves.
FAU got behind 24-10 with 8:46 left in the first half and looked like they might go 0-2 on the road trip. But Owls went on a 18-3 run to take a 28-27 lead into the halftime break and continued that strong play in the second half and went on to a comfortable win.
Taylor had concussion-like symptoms after taking an elbow to the head in a practice Sunday, leaving it to Tucker to lead FAU’s offense. The Owls shot 49 percent from the field, while holding ASU (8-10, 2-2) to 36.2 percent.
Greg Gantt had 21 points for FAU, which had dropped seven of their last eight and eight of their last 10 games before Monday’s win.
FAU ended its road trip through Arkansas at 1-1 after losing Saturday 40-38 at Arkansas-Little Rock.
The Owls have a break until they host Sun Belt leader Middle Tennessee (12-5, 4-0) at FAU Arena.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun