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The FAU Owls Men’s basketball team achieved their 13th win of the season after beating the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 69-61.
Aside from a lackluster first several minutes, the Owls controlled much of this game. Returning to the Burrow after beating FIU in Miami last Saturday, FAU was able to secure their 4th conference win. It was a low scoring first half for both teams as FAU held a 28-23 point lead going into halftime. The Owls held steady against the 15-8 Bulldogs, holding off a second half resurgence. FAU won the second half by putting up 41 points to LA Tech’s 38.
The Owls received a surprising contribution from their freshman forward from Latvia, Karlis Silins. Silins provided 14 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. It was Silins first time back in double-figures since playing UCF. Anthony Adger put up his usual stat line of 14 points, and also chipped in 8 boards and a team-high 4 assists. It was Xavian Stapleton who led the team with 19 points and 8 rebounds.
The Owls were without Richardson Maitre, their usual starter at the 3. So the spot start went to Kevaughn Ellis, another freshman from Canada. Micheal Forrest also contributed 11 points in the win.
The FAU Owls defeat C-USA opponent the LA TECH Bulldogs 69-61! Xavian Stapleton ends the night with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Catch the Owls next home game this Saturday, 02/02 as we take on Southern Miss @ 4pm and celebrate Owlsey's Birthday! #WinningInParadise pic.twitter.com/pujqAnxwpl
— FAU Men's Basketball (@FAU_Hoops) February 1, 2019
The win for FAU helps head coach Dusty May surpass the teams win total from last year. With the season far from over, the Owls can continue to make strides and show how much they have improved from last year. Thankfully, they seem to have broken the scoring slump that plagued them during their 4-game losing streak.
FAU is now 9th in the C-USA and will face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, who are also 13-9. That game will be this Saturday at 4 PM EST in the Burrow. Southern Miss is one game ahead of FAU, so this win would be much needed. As well as the Owls having to play two road game after this.