Florida Atlantic 60, Louisiana-Monroe 58

Raymond Taylor scored 20 points and Florida Atlantic held on to

beat Louisiana-Monroe 60-58 in Sun Belt Conference play on Sunday


The Owls (8-5, 2-0) led 22-6 with eight minutes remaining in the

opening half and entered halftime with a 32-26 advantage.

Tommie Sykes hit two free throws with 43 seconds left to play,

pulling the Warhawks within two, 60-58.

After stealing the ball from Alex Tucker with 25 seconds to go,

Sykes was fouled by Brett Royster and stepped to the free-throw

line with 0.2 seconds left.

Sykes missed the first attempt and intentionally missed the

second, but the Warhawks (3-9, 0-1) couldn’t come up with the tying


Fred Brown scored 18 points to lead Louisiana-Monroe, while

Sykes and Hugh Mingo added 11 points apiece.

Florida Atlantic, which has now won five of its last six games,

shot 23 of 42 from the floor (54.8 percent).