FAU Owls Crush Rice, Clinch C-USA Tourney Spot

The FAU Owls Men’s basketball team defeated the Rice Owls handily, 60-41. The win also gave FAU a C-USA tournament birth.

The win over Rice propelled FAU to 7-7 in conference play. The best the Owls have achieved since joining the C-USA. They remain at 7th place in the conference with bonus play to be announced. The loss against USM really hurts them right now, as FAU could have been in the top 5 with a win there. 

Regardless, the Owls displayed their improvement and hard work in this game. It was a one-sided game, as FAU led the whole way through. The Owls defense held the other Owls to a season low 12-points at halftime. While the FAU Owls put up 28. From there on FAU extended the lead to as much as 25 points. The Owls scored 32 in the second, despite Rice managing an improved 29 points. 

FAU’s leading scorer Anthony Adger had a quiet game with just 5 points and 5 assists. It was Xavian Stapleton who led the Owls in scoring with 14 points off the bench. Karlis Silins, who played well in FAU’s last game, contributed 10 points of his own. Simeon Lepichev also had a nice game with 8 points and 8 rebounds to lead the front-court. The Owl defense showed they are capable of playing some really hard nosed defense. They held Rice to 26.7% shooting on the day. 

In Dusty May’s first year as head coach of the Owls, he has shown that he can install resiliency in his players. Even despite losing their best player early in the season, the Owls managed to surpass expectations. They will look to continue that in the bonus play, which will be decided upon soon. The bonus game will match the top teams against each other to help boost their RPI for the tournament. 

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