Boca Raton, Fla. (AP) -Paul Graham scored 19 points to help lead Florida Atlantic to a 72-69 win against Monmouth in Mike Jarvis' coaching debut for the Owls on Friday night.
Brett Royster and Chris Watson scored 12 points each, while Carderro Nwoji and Shavar Richardson chipped in 10 apiece for the Owls (1-0). Florida Atlantic snapped a five-game losing streak in season-openers.
R.J. Rutledge led the Hawks (0-1) with 18 points, while Travis Taylor added 13 and James Hett scored 12 as both players came off the bench.
Graham kept the Owls ahead early with four of his five 3-pointers coming in the first half, helping Florida International to a 38-31 lead at the break. The teams were close the entire way, as the Owls shot 48.1 percent from the field versus Monmouth's 43.6 mark.
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