FAU led the first 35 minutes of their Saturday night contest against Old Dominion, but the Owls' poor free-throw shooting and 15 turnovers let the Monarchs storm back to steal a 65-60 conference road win in the final minutes. FAU (6-12, 2-2) led by as many as 10 points in the second half, but ODU (9-9, 3-0) went on an 8-0 run to open a 58-53 lead into the final 103 seconds of regulation. During ODU's game-winning 8-0 run, FAU missed two free throws, had two turnovers, and had a one-minute possession that resulted in no points. A free-throw shooting competition down the stretch pushed FAU's deficit to three points — but Marquan Botley's 27-foot tying effort in the final five seconds drew rim. "That's a game we should have won, but we didn't execute well enough to win it — but you can't win a game by shooting 50 percent from the foul line," Jarvis said. FAU went 9-for-17 from the free throw line from the game, with FAU leading scorer Justin Raffington missing 4-of-8. Raffington, a forward transfer from San Francisco, registered his school record sixth-straight double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds Saturday. After the game, Raffington took the blame for the loss, crediting his poor free-throw shooting. Jarvis refuted that. "He tried to blame himself for the loss because he missed free throws," Jarvis said. "He didn't lose the game, he gave us a chance to win the game... A man among boys, again.
FAU falters down the stretch in 65-60 loss to Old Dominion
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jan 19