Toledo broke free from a pesky Florida A&M squad on Monday evening midway through the second half en route to posting a 79-69 victory over the Rattlers in Savage Arena. The Rockets remained unbeaten on the young season with their third straight victory, marking UT??s best start since opening the 2003-04 campaign with five consecutive wins.
Junior guard Julius Brown produced another stellar floor game, registering his second straight double-double with 18 points and 11 assists. Senior guard Rian Pearson shared team scoring honors with Brown and shot 7-of-11 from the field. Also in double digits in the scoring column were junior guard Justin Drummond (16 pts.) and sophomore center Nathan Boothe (10 pts., 3 blocks).
Junior forward J.D. Weatherspoon grabbed a career-best nine boards to spearhead a dominating showing on the glass that provided UT a 39-26 rebounding advantage.
Senior guard Jamie Adams paced Florida A&M with 18 points thanks partly due to an impressive 5-of-7 performance from behind the three-point arc.
Senior guard Reggie Lewis (13 pts.) pulled the Rattlers within two points, 54-52 with 10:15 remaining. UT then responded with a 10-2 spurt sparked by Drummond??s five points to assume a 10-point cushion just over two minutes later.
The biggest lead either team held prior to that was a 10-3 advantage for FAMU just over three minutes into the game.
Brown scored nine points in the final 5:37 of the first half, and Pearson hit a running trey at the buzzer to give Toledo a 42-40 edge at the break.
Toledo returns to action this weekend with three games in three days in Detroit??s Calihan Hall as part of a 2K Sports Classic Subregional. The Rockets will face Stony Brook on Friday, Nov. 22 at 4:30 p.m., Detroit on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 5:30 p.m. and Florida Atlantic on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Courtesy: UT Athletics