The FAU Men’s basketball team was unable to keep up with the red-hot UTSA Roadrunners, as they lost 86-74.
In a game where UTSA controlled the lead for most of it, the Owls fought hard to tie it up many times early on. However, with 15-minutes left in the second half, the roadrunners went on a run (no pun intended) and never looked back. UTSA scored 46 points in the first and 40 points in the second, a stark contrast to the defensive performance FAU had on Thursday at UTEP. While the defense struggled, the offense would not fair much better, at least not to keep them in the game.
For the Owls, all five starters actually hit double-digit scoring. Led by Anthony Adger, who had hist first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kevaughn Ellis had a team high 14 points, as he continued to start. Xavian Stapleton had another quiet game off the bench, only managing 5 points in 14 minutes. Michael Forrest played the most minutes for FAU, at 34 minutes, and scored a solid 13 points.
Owls (14-11, 5-7 C-USA) fall to UTSA 86-74 despite Adger's first career double-double (12 pts, 11 rebs) and a career-high 14 points from Kevaughn Ellis. FAU returns home to host North Texas on Feb. 14. The game tips off at 7 p.m. and will air on ESPN+. pic.twitter.com/GMQnzWBYYG
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The UTSA Roadrunners were led by the spectacular Jhivvan Jackson and Keaton Wallace. Each player scored 24 points and combined for 11/25 from 3-point range. Jackson and Wallace were phenomenal and showed that sometimes young talent can overcome a good defense. UTSA also pushed their home game win streak to 10 with this win. They are 15-10 overall and 9-3 in the conference, good enough to share first place in the C-USA with old Dominion.
FAU now drops to 11th place and 5-7 in the conference. They are still 14-11 overall, but their conference play has been less than stellar. The Owls will return home to the burrow to finish things off. Starting with a Valentines match-up with 3rd place North Texas. Should be a good test for FAU.