The Florida Atlantic Owls held off Incarnate Word in the second half Sunday for a 71-68 victory in The Islands of the Bahamas Showcase.
UIW (4-3) of the Southland Conference trailed by as many as 14 points before mounting a comeback.
The Cardinals pulled within one with less than a minute left but couldn’t sustain the rally.
Anthony Adger and Jaylen Sebree led FAU (4-1) on the final day of the tournament at Nassau, Bahamas.
UIW finished 1-2 in three days of basketball at the tournament. The Cardinals lost 93-66 to Montana on Friday and then rebounded to beat North Dakota State 80-78 in overtime on Saturday.
The Cardinals return home to face Northern Colorado on Wednesday night.
Texas’ first-year D-1 coaches
Carson Cunningham, Incarnate Word
Johnny Jones, Texas Southern
Chris Ogden, UT Arlington
Rodney Terry, UTEP