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The Owls Men’s basketball team was able to defy the odds and beat the 3rd ranked team in the C-USA on Thursday night in Boca, beating UNT 57-47.
It was a close battle for most of the game. With neither team pulling out more than a 5-point lead in the first half. The crowd at the Burrow was kept in it throughout. FAU went into the half up 25-23 on UNT. It was shaping up to be a true defensive battle, as both teams were well below their average for first half points.
Then the second half came around and FAU was able to pull away. Never relinquishing the lead at all and extending their largest lead to 11 points. The Owl defense only surrendered 24-points to the Mean Green. That’s the lowest amount of points they have scored in the second half all season. Only UNT guard Michael Miller was able to get anything going, scoring 18 points. No one else on the team cracked double-digits scoring.
For the Owls, Anthony Adger led the way again with 15 points. Xavian Stapleton and Karlis Silins also provided 12 and 14 points respectively. Thirty-two second half points is not enough to win most games, but it fit the bill in this one. A lot of credit has to go to coach Dusty May and his staff. The culture and style of play they have built are exactly what this teams needs while they continue to grow.
The win for FAU bounces the Owls back to 7th place in the C-USA with a 6-7 conference record. Being near the middle of the conference will make them eligible for bonus play. Which would be a big accomplishment for this team. FAU will close out the regular season on Saturday at home against Rice, who is 10-16 overall, at 2 p.m. EST.
Ready for the MAYhem? 😱
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