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Florida Atlantic 86, North Texas 81

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Monroe scored 19 points to lead Florida Atlantic to an 86-81 victory over North Texas Saturday night.

The Owls (6-13, 2-6 Sun Belt Conference) jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead, with Monroe scoring eight of those points. North Texas (12-6, 3-4) fought back to tie the score at 13.

A Dez Willingham jumper just before the buzzer cut the Owls? lead to 42-39 at the break.

Florida Atlantic led 49-47 with 17:15 remaining in the second half when North Texas scored the next 11 points to take the lead.

North Texas led 81-78 with 62 seconds left when Monroe drained two free throws to cut the lead to one. After a North Texas turnover, Paul Graham scored on a sweeping lay-up to give the Owls an 82-81 lead.

Sanchez Hughley hit two free throws to put the lead at 84-81. Willingham missed a 3-pointer and Xavier Perkins hit two more free throws to provide the final margin.