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The FAU Owls basketball team suffered their second straight loss against the Marshall Thundering Herd 96-84.
The Owls kept things close in the first half and managed to tie things up with 15-minutes left in the game. However, the Herd went on an 11-0 run and never looked back. FAU gave up a season-high 96-points to Marshall. The overall defense was not there for FAU. The Owls were able to score, putting up 42 in each half.
Despite the loss, it was encouraging to see a breakout performance from one of FAU’s young stars. Freshman guard Michael Forrest led all scorers with 35 points on 12/20 shooting, including 7 three pointers. It was a career-high for the freshman as he kept the Owls in the game with his offense. Forrest is a local kid from Lauderhill FL, and he attended Blanche Ely High School.
Other notable performances, Aleksandar Zecevic, the junior from Serbia had his first double-double of the season. Zecevic put up 13 points on 6/7 shooting to go with his 10 rebounds. Anthony Adger continued his double digit scoring with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Xavian Stapleton also put up 10 points off the bench.
Owls fall to Marshall 96-84 despite a career high 32 from Michael Forrest and Zecevic's first career double-double. FAU will travel to WKU to face Hilltoppers at 3 p.m. Eastern on Saturday. The game will be streamed live on Facebook via Stadium. pic.twitter.com/gv0sCPYDFC
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The biggest issue for the Owls was turnovers. FAU compiled 21 TO’s for the game and Adger and Maitre had 6 each. Both teams shot the ball well at round 47%. The points off turnovers heavily favored Marshall. The defending C-USA champs, Marshall, were led by C.J. Burks who scored 30 points and Jon Elmore who scored 29 points of his own.
The loss drops FAU to 9th place in the C-USA at 2-3 in conference play (11-7 overall). Marshall retains the top spot in the conference at 4-0 in conference play. FAU will look to get back into the win column on Saturday in Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers are 8-8 and 1-2 in conference play, but they play well at home. So this will be a tough game for the Owls.