Florida Atlantic 70, UC Davis 63

Dennis Mavin scored 19 points to lead Florida Atlantic to a

70-63 season-opening victory over UC Davis on Friday in the

Athletes in Action Classic.

Mavin and Alex Tucker, who scored 14 points, had to pick up the

slack for Greg Gantt, Florida Atlantic’s leading scorer last

season. He was ejected for throwing a flagrant elbow after playing

only four minutes and scoring four points.

Mark Payne led Davis with 19 points on a 13-for-13 effort from

the foul line. But he hit only 3 of 9 shots from the field. The

Aggies shot just 37 percent.

Despite losing Gantt, Florida Atlantic led for the first 26

minutes. But Davis clawed back and took a 41-40 lead on Ryan

Howley’s 3-pointer.

The lead changed hands five more times before the Owls took the

lead for good when Kore White hit a jumper to make it 50-49 with

7:54 left.