Florida Atlantic defeats Santa Clara 65-61

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP)—Shavar Richardson scored 17 points to lead Florida Atlantic to a 65-61 victory over Santa Clara in the consolation round of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Tuesday night.

Carderro Nwoji scored 12 points, including the clinching free throws, for the Owls (2-1).

John Bryant had 25 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots for the Broncos (1-2).

There were four lead changes in the final two minutes.

Bryant hit a hook shot to give the Broncos a 58-57 lead with 1:50 to play. FAU’s Paul Graham III answered with a three-point play to give the Owls a 60-58 lead.

After freshman James Rahon hit a 3-pointer to put Santa Clara up by a point, Graham connected from beyond the arc to give the Owls a 63-61 lead with 22 seconds left.

Brett Royster blocked Bryant’s shot with 8 seconds left, and Nwoji hit two free throws to seal it.

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 Top Performers
 Santa Clara
John Bryant John Bryant
11-17,  25 Pts
7 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Florida Atlantic
Shavar Richardson Shavar Richardson
6-9,  17 Pts
6 Rebs, 2 Assists

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