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FAU guard Sanchez Hughley had 13 points in the Owls' 76-72 victory vs. Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday. (FAUOwlAccess photo)


Controlled Rage

FAU sees its 15-point lead evaporate, but holds on to beat Louisiana-Lafayette 76-72 on Thursday to snap a two-game losing streak

Originally published on 2/11/2010

by Marcus Nelson

> Video: Hughley leads Owls to victory over ULL
> Photo Gallery: Action in the stands and on the court
> Boxscore: Individual, team stats


BOCA RATON – With its next game a week away FAU will get a few days off as a reward after defeating Louisiana-Lafayette 76-72 Thursday.

Perhaps no player needs it as much as junior guard Sanchez Hughley. In the last 1:39 Hughley scored the three biggest baskets of the game to give FAU a 74-72 lead.

Then Hughley threw a long pass to Brett Royster who dunked the ball with :03 seconds remaining that gave the Owls their first victory in three games.

“I laid the ball out him he went to get it and it ended the game,” said Hughley, who had 13 points.

Hughley had just scored on a pick-and-roll play with 1:32 remaining to put FAU up 70-69 when he made a steal and layup to give the Owls a 72-69 lead.

“The team trusted me to make a defensive stop and I stepped up to the challenge," Hughley said. "I made the steal.  I gambled, but it was a good gamble."

However his biggest bucket came after the Ragin’ Cajuns tied the game at 72 on a 3-pointer by Randell Daigle.

ULL knocked the ball out of bounds with :21 remaining with the Owls keeping control under their own basket. Guard Alex Tucker lobbed the ball to Hughley who went up with a power move and gave the Owls the74-72 lead.

“I had a little guy on me,” Hughley said. “It was the right play and the right call.”

FAU (13-12, 9-5)  raced out to a 47-35 lead at halftime and held a 15 point lead in the second half, but the Ragin’ Cajuns battled back,  taking their first lead with 6 minutes remaining on a put-back by Lamar Robinson that gave ULL a 63-62 lead.

However, with freshman guard Ray Taylor recovering on the bench from being slapped in the face with five minutes remaining, the Owls were able to stop ULL (11-13, 8-5 Sun Belt Conference) on its last possession when Owls' guard Shavar Richardson disrupted the play with :04 remaining.

“Time and score dictates how we play,” said FAU coach Mike Jarvis.  “We try to prepare for situations like this where everybody has to become a primary defender.”

The victory was FAU's sixth consecutive victory at home. They kept pace with Middle Tennessee, which defeated Denver 57-50.

Greg Gantt led the Owls with 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting.

“My teammates did a great job of getting me open by setting screens,” Gantt said. “I capitalized by knocking down shots.”

GameCenter: FAU 76, Louisiana-Lafayette 72

Moving forward: Brett Royster had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. …Ray Taylor had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. …The Owls shot 53.6 percent (30-of-56) from the floor. 

Moving backward: The Ragin’ Cajuns shot 63 percent (17-of-27) from the floor in the second half. …FAU only had 2 points off the bench.

Stat download: 75 percent – Greg Gantt was 6-of-8 on shots inside the arc.

Up Next: FAU is off on Saturday and plays Thursday at FIU.

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