BOCA RATON, Fla. – Brett Royster scored 18 points and hit a layup with 4 seconds left to lift Florida Atlantic to a 73-72 victory over Florida International on Saturday night.
Royster scored on an assist from Alex Tucker as the Owls (18-7, 10-1 Sun Belt Conference) won for the 10th time in 11 games. Royster's basket was the only time Florida Atlantic led in the game and capped a comeback from a seven-point deficit with 1:10 remaining.
Shavar Richardson hit two 3-pointers to cut the margin to 72-69 with 52 seconds left and Raymond Taylor made two free throws to chop the lead to 72-71 with 14 seconds to play.
FIU's Phil Gary missed two free-throw attempts, setting up Royster's heroics.
Greg Gantt scored 19 points, Richardson had 14 and Taylor added 10 for the Owls.
Phil Taylor scored 16, Marvin Roberts had 13 and Jeremy Allen and DeJuan Wright added 10 each for FIU (9-14, 4-7).