Owls Push on After Losing Ingram

FAU’s basketball season was going so well until they lost their best player…

Jailyn Ingram, the junior forward, was averaging 18 points per game on 55% shooting to go with 8 rebounds. He had improved in every facet of the game. Ingram played a huge role in getting the Owls off to a 7-2 start. Along with first-year head coach, Dusty May, the Owls were on pace to easily win more game this year than last (12).

That all changed when Ingram went down with a knee injury last Friday while playing Arkansas St. The injury was determined to be an ACL injury, ending Ingram’s season. FAU would also lose that game despite fighting hard and sending it into 2 OT periods.

In their first game without Ingram, the Owls beat Florida College 76-64. Florida College is not a good team, but it was nice to see the Owls move past Ingram’s injury and not let one get away. Looking to fill the scoring void, it was Simeon Lepichev, the senior from Bulgaria that provided 20 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Guard, Anthony Adger, also contributed 14 points and looks to take on more of the scoring load left behind from Ingram. Adger averages the second highest total on the team at 13 ppg.

FAU Plays the Hurricanes Next

The win puts the Owls at 8-3 and the 4th best record overall in the C-USA. FAU is on pace to nearly double their win total from last year. It will be interesting to see how coach May deals with these injuries. The Owls will have a much bigger challenge when they face the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday in Miami. With no Ingram, someone will have to step-up to match the Canes best player in Chris Lykes.

FAU is not being given much of a shot to win this game and many think the rest of their season will plunder. However, they surprised many with their good start and they may just keep surprising people in the future.

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