FAU guard Ray Taylor scores in the final seconds to ice Saturday’s victory 61-57 vs. Arkansas State on Saturday at FAU Arena. (Photo courtesy of JC Ridley / Owl Pix)
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Back in action
Florida Atlantic steps out of conference for the last time this season to face Manhattan on Tuesday.
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BOCA RATON – Even though Florida Atlantic is off to a fast start in the Sun Belt Conference play, Owls coach Mike Jarvis doesn’t mind stepping out of conference Tuesday to face Manhattan.
“I think it's great.,”Jarvis said. “I just think when you are winning you want to play.”
The game against the Jaspers was supposed to be played Dec. 30, but travel problems due to a blizzard in the Northeast kept Manhattan from making it to Boca Raton and the game was rescheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m.
If the game had been played at the original date, the Owls would have been coming off a loss to DePaul. Instead FAU is now on a three-game winning streak.
What You Need to Know: Jaspers-Owls
Manhattan (2-13, 0-5 MAAC)
at FAU (11-6, 4-0 Sun Belt)
- About the Jaspers: Manhattan is coming off a 65-59 loss Sunday to Marist. …The loss was the Jaspers’ 13th in a row. …Freshman point guard Michael Alvarado missed the last two games with an injury.
- About the Owls: FAU is coming off a 61-57 victory vs. Arkansas State on Saturday. …Forward Brett Royster needs one block to become the Sun Belt Conference career leader in blocked shots tying UAB’s Alan Ogg, who had 266 from 1986-90. …The Owls lost to Manhattan 73-66 on Nov. 23, 2009, in the only previous meeting between the schools.
- Projected starting lineups
Manhattan: Head coach Barry Rohrssen
G Kidani Brutus 6-1 Jr. (9.5 ppg)
G Mohamed Koitaa 6-4 So. (2.5 ppg)
G/F George Beamon 6-4 So. (15.5)
F Demetrius Jemison 6-8 Fr. (10.8 ppg)
F Rhamel Brown 6-6 Fr. (7.2 ppg)
FAU: Head coach Mike Jarvis
G Raymond Taylor 5-5 So. (10.5 ppg.)
G Pablo Bertone 6-4 Fr. (2.5 ppg)
G Greg Gantt 6-2 So. (14.9 ppg.)
F Brett Royster 6-8 Sr. (7.9 ppg.)
F Kore White 6-8 So. (9.1 ppg.)