The FAU Owls were able to get their first conference win over the MTSU Blue Raiders with a final score of 63-56.
It was a lot closer than their last game, but FAU was able to find the offense they needed this time. Similar to their game against UAB, the Owls struggled to score much points in the first half. They only put up 25 and went into the locker room down 32-25. That was fortunate, however, as they had been down by as much as 15 points in the first half.
The load was, once again, put on FAU senior guard Anthony Adger. Adger delivered with a career high 33 points on 9/16 shooting. Adger was able to get to the free throw line in this one as well. Shooting 13 free throw attempts, that’s more than the Blue Raider whole team. Adger was able to carry the Owls offense in the first half until other were able to step up in the second half. Zecevic, Silins, and Stapleton all contributed 8 points.
OWLS WIN!! FAU snaps a 12-game losing streak to Middle Tennessee 63-56. Adger with a career-high 32, Stapleton with eight points and four rebounds in his first action in six weeks. FAU will host Old Dominion on Thursday, Jan. 10. It will be Paradise Night at the Burrow. pic.twitter.com/jdfffu5VpV
— FAU Men's Basketball (@FAU_Hoops) January 6, 2019
Xavian Stapleton returned from a 7 game absence due to injury and played limited minutes. He was an immediate help to Adger and should be an even bigger help once he gets back into form. Outscoring the Blue Raider 38-24 in the second half is as impressive as anything the Owls have done so far this year.
For MTSU, their best player, Antonio Green, was able to put up 20 points. But FAU’s defense held firm in the second half. The Owls took the lead and prevented the Blue raider from reclaiming it. MTSU is now last in the conference at 0-2 in C-USA play and 3-12 overall.
Meanwhile, FAU improves to 8th in the C-USA with their first conference victory and finish 2-2 on this road trip. They are 10-5 overall and on their way to passing last years win total. The Owls will return to Boca in five days to face Old Dominion, who’s 10-4 overall.