Florida Atlantic 71, Middle Tennessee 61

Raymond Taylor scored 19 of his career-high 26 points in the

second half as Florida Atlantic defeated Middle Tennessee 71-61 on

Thursday night.

It marks the first time the Owls (13-6) have started 5-0 in Sun

Belt Conference play. Kore White added 11 points while Jordan McCoy

and Greg Gantt each had 10 points. Florida Atlantic has not lost in

the new year.

Jason Jones had 20 points and James Washington added 16 for the

Blue Raiders (7-10, 2-2), whose two-game winning streak ended.

The Owls held Middle Tennessee to 19 first-half points and to 34

percent shooting for the game (17 of 50).

Florida Atlantic led by as many as 16 points, 63-47, when Taylor

scored on a layup with 2:57 to play. Washington made a 3-pointer

with 1:47 left, capping a quick 10-0 run and cutting the Owls’ lead

to 63-57. But that was as close as the Blue Raiders came.