The FAU Owls mens’ basketball team returned home from their 4 game road trip and defeated the Old Dominion Monarchs 80-73.
The Owls opened up the Burrow to FAU fans for the first time in 2019. Those fans left happy as the Owls got their second conference win of the season. Heading into the game, FAU knew that the 11-4 Monarchs would present a challenge. Over the course of the season, the Owls have struggled to match points against teams with good scorers.
This time around, FAU turned the tables on their opponent. The Owls used a 12-0 scoring run midway through the first half to take a 13-point lead. The run was capped off by Xavian Stapleton, the senior forward made his return from injury in FAU’s last game at MTSU. Stapleton would go on to score a game-high 23 points on a super efficient 5/6 shooting. Four of his shots were 3’s and he was able to get to the line to shoot 9/10 from the stripe.
The FAU Owls defeat C-USA opponent the ODU Monarchs at home in The Burrow 80-73! Xavian Stapleton with 23 points and 1 assist. Catch the Owls next home game this Saturday, 01/12 vs Charlotte @ 4pm! Way to go Owls! #WinningInParadise pic.twitter.com/CoBQF37FHe
— FAU Men's Basketball (@FAU_Hoops) January 11, 2019
Stapleton was not alone, however, as Anthony Adger and Richard Maitre also contributed 13 points each. Adger finally got the help he needed, despite leading the team in FG attempts at 13. The other starting guard, Michael Forrest, put up 12 points as well. So that’s 4 Owls in double figures, an encouraging sight.
The great game by Stapleton could lead to questions about whether he will continue to come off the bench. Coach May does not always keep the same starters, not since Jailyn Ingram went down. As is, the line-up reads; Forrest, Adger, Maitre, Niang, and Lepichev. Stapleton is a natural SF, so he could replace one of those first 3 guards, although they have played well. Regardless, the fans and players can trust Dusty May to get the right line-up out there to keep winning.
The win boost FAU to 4th in the C-USA at 11-5. Next, the Owls will stay home to face Charlotte on Saturday at 4 PM EST.