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Florida Atlantic 69, Fordham 65

December 31, 1996

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) _ Cedric Peoples scored 12 points and pulled downed 12 rebounds to lead host Florida Atlantic over Fordham 69-65 on Monday night.

The Owls (4-5) opened up the game aggressively, but Fordham (4-5) rallied back. The first half had six ties, but Florida Atlantic led at the half 29-26.

Florida Atlantic built an 11-point lead in the second half, but Fordham again rallied back. The Owls worked the clock in the final minutes of the game to hold to on for the victory.

Craig Buchanan tallied 18 points and Damon Arnett added 14 and seven rebounds for Florida Atlantic.

Fordham was led by Maurice Curtis’ 13 points and 10 rebounds.

``This was the best basketball we have played since I have been at Florida Atlantic,″ said FAU head coach Kevin Billerman, who is in his third season. ``We had no turnovers down the stretch. The team played with a lot of intensity.″

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