BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Chris Perez scored 16 points, the last two on a buzzer-beating follow to give Stetson a 69-68 win over Florida Atlantic Tuesday night.
The Hatters (3-7) ended a six-game losing streak in dramatic fashion. Florida Atlantic's Greg Gantt, who led all scorers with 26 points, hit a 3-point shot with a hand in his face to five the Owls (5-6) a 68-67 lead with 7 seconds remaining. Perez then rebounded Aaron Graham's miss and scored at the buzzer to win it.
Florida Atlantic led by double digits in the first half before leading 41-32 at the break. Later, a layup by Pablo Bertone (12 points) ended an Owls' drought of nearly 4 minutes, tying it at 60-60. Gantt then gave FAU two late leads, but Perez prevailed.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
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