South Alabama holds off Florida Atlantic 74-69

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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP)—Domonic Tilford scored 27 points and South Alabama held off Florida Atlantic 74-69 on Thursday.

The Jaguars (9-5, 2-1 Sun Belt Conference) led 30-19 in the first half, but the Owls went on an 11-2 run to go into intermission trailing by two.

Florida Atlantic (4-10, 0-3) closed to within a point on three occasions in the second half, but could never take the lead. After the Owls’ Carlos Monroe hit two free throws to make it 71-69 with 32 seconds left, C.J. Garner hit a free throw and a layup to seal the win for the Jaguars.

Florida Atlantic outrebounded South Alabama 31-22, but hit only 2 of 13 shots from beyond the arc in their fifth straight loss.

Tilford was 9-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 from 3-point range for the Jaguars and Brandon Davis added 11 points.

Paul Graham III led the Owls with 25 points and Monroe had 21.

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Domonic Tilford Domonic Tilford
9-12,  27 Pts
1 Rebs, 4 Assists
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Paul Graham III Paul Graham III
9-17,  25 Pts
6 Rebs, 4 Assists

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