South Alabama 52, Florida Atlantic 51

Bryan Sherrer scored 21 points and hit the game-winning shot

with 4 seconds left Saturday as South Alabama defeated Florida

Atlantic 52-51 in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference


The No. 9-seeded Jaguars (17-14) advance to a quarterfinal

matchup at 6:45 p.m. EST today against top-seeded Troy.

South Alabama was outrebounded 44-30, committed 17 turnovers,

was just 3 for 7 from the free-throw line (Florida Atlantic was 9

of 18) and blew a 14-point second-half lead. But the Jaguars shot

40 percent from the field compared to 27 percent for the Owls.

No. 8 Florida Atlantic (14-16) had a chance to win at the

buzzer, but Shavar Richardson missed a layup with 2 seconds left,

and Brett Royster also missed inside after getting the offensive


Royster finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Raymond Taylor

had 14 points and Greg Gantt added 12.