FIU Beats FAU 78-74

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The FAU men’s basketball team lost their 4th straight after being defeated by the rival FIU Golden Panthers 78-74.

The Burrow was rocking. The fans were pumped. There was a sea of red in the stands for the Owls’ “Red Out” game against FIU. The FAU players seemed ready to go to as they jumped out to a 10-point lead midway through the first half. After losing their last 3 games, FAU knew how important it would be to win a game on their home floor.

In the end, the momentum was not enough to get the Owls a win. All season, since losing Jailyn Ingram, FAU has been plagued by stretched where they can’t score. In this game, after going up by 10 points, the Owls had a drought. They went five-minutes without scoring a single point and allowed FIU to claim the lead. The Panthers kept the lead going into the half, 40-34. 

Furthermore, the second half went FIU’s way, as they built a 12-point lead with five-minutes remaining in the contest. FAU was able to make a run and get the game as close as 76-74 with 16 seconds left. The Panthers missed a few free throws and the Owls were in business. To tie up the game, FAU turned to Xavian Stapleton, who had been terrific since returning from injury. Stapleton got to the basket, but missed the layup and the Panthers were able to put the game away.

“We all need each other”

-Head coach Dusty May on preventing scoring droughts, per FAU post game press conference

Stapleton finished the game with 13 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. Anthony Adger led the Owls with 21 points on 7/18 shooting. Despite being inefficient lately, Adger continues to carry the burden of the scoring load for FAU. Richardson Maitre also contributed 15 points and led the Owls in assists with 5. 

On another note, FAU did improve their FT shooting and won the rebounding battle 49-32. The Panthers did shoot the ball better and had more balanced offensive attack. 

Consequently, the loss for FAU drops them to 11-9 and 2-5 in the conference. They sit at 12th place, 6 spots below FIU, in the C-USA. However, the Owls will get a shot at revenge as they face FIU again, this time in Miami, on Saturday at 7 PM EST. 

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