FAU Basketball Falls to USM 74-72

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The FAU Men’s basketball team fell to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, 74-72. Now at 4-6 in the conference, this loss dealt a blow to the Owls’ standing.

The Owls played it close for most of the first half. They switched leads with the Eagles back and forth, but it was the last few minutes that did them in. USM went on a 9-0 run to end the first half and carry a 38-27 point lead into the locker room. FAU has usually been a solid first half team, at least defensively. But they couldn’t keep up with the Eagles scoring or slow them down here.

FAU did flip the script in the second half, putting up 45 points. USM was able to score 36, just enough to hold out the lead. Anthony Adger had a shot to win the game at the end, but missed a nearly half court buzzer-beater. Adger finished the game with a team high 19-points. Xavian Stapleton continued to produce off the bench in his limited minutes, putting up 18 points. 

A usually very good rebounding team, FAU only had 27 boards in the game. They actually lost that battle as USM had 28 rebounds throughout. Michael Forrest again, put up 11 points. Karlis Silins, who did so well in the Owls previous win, only managed 3 points. Richardson Maitre continues to miss time due to a concussion. This time, head coach Dusty May chose to start junior guard Cedric Jackson in his stead, but he was largely ineffective. 

USM shot the ball well at 57% and had two players with 20+ points in Griffin and Edwards. 

FAU sinks back to 11th in the C-USA standings and will have to play their next 2 games on the road. Starting with UTEP, who is near the bottom of the conference, on February 7th. The Owls will return home on Valentines day to face the number one UNT.

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