PHOENIX, Ariz. (Nov. 10) – The Florida A&M Men’s Basketball team opened a two-game western swing here Friday night with a 67-51 tough setback to Grand Canyon University in GCU Arena.
The Rattlers (0-1) opened the game keeping GCU close through most of the first half.
Elijah Mayes’ layup with 17:55 left cut the deficit to two points, at 4-2, and a Marcus Barham three-pointer with 15:53 left in the laf, brought FAMU within two points again, at 7-5.
FAMU remained in contention until Grand Canyon went on a 6-0 run past the midway point of the half, extending their lead to 10 points, at 24-14 with 6:30 left, and from that point the Rattlers could never get the margin below double digits.
Grand Canyon (1-0), led 35-17 at the half, and would go on to lead by as much as 25 in the second half, before the Rattlers put on a late flurry in the final three minutes, outscoring their hosts, 34-32 over the final 20 minutes.
The senior duo of forward Desmond Williams and wing Marcus Barham led FAMU with 15 and 10 points respectively. Newcomer Kamron Reaves added seven points, with Williams and Isaiah Martin leading FAMU in rebounding with eight and seven boards respectively.
Grand Canyon was paced by Joshua Braun and Fiifi Aidoo with 11 points apiece, and Keonta Vernon with a game-high nine rebounds.
WHAT’S NEXT: FAMU takes on UNLV Saturday night (9:00 ET) in Las Vegas, Nevada in the second game of an early season Western swing.