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The FAU Men’s basketball team gave up a 17-point lead in the first half in route to a 76-61 loss to the Marshall Thundering Herd.
This game was a tale of two halves. In the first half, FAU had one of their best starts all season. Going up 19-2 during the first eight-minutes. However, Marshall slowly crawled back into the game and tied it up at 28 going into the half.
From there, it was Marshall’s turn to take a big lead, and they did. After trading baskets for about seven-minutes in the second half, the Thundering Herd finished the game on a 32-17 run. Sending the Owls to back-to-back losses to end their regular season.
This is the second time that Marshall has beaten FAU in West Virginia this year. As the Herd defeated the Owls 96-84 back in January. In this one, Marshall was led by Jon Elmore who put up 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jarrod West led the team in scoring off the bench with 17 points of his own.
For the Owls, the birthday boy Anthony Adger scored 12 points, but had a rough day shooting. Micheal Forrest led the team in scoring with 15 points. Xavian Stapleton had 13 points off the bench, as Coach May opted to return to his usual starting line-up.
Owls fall to Marshall 76-61 to end the regular season. FAU will be either no. 9 or 10 seed for the upcoming C-USA Tournament, which begins Wednesday in Frisco, Texas. Stay tuned to https://t.co/IKNHaTn0Us for updates pic.twitter.com/hZ60GDC2Lq
— FAU Men's Basketball (@FAU_Hoops) March 9, 2019
FAU ends the season 17-14 and 8-10 in conference games. A big upgrade over last season. As well as a testament to the teams heart and Coach May’s new culture. The team, lost their best player, Jailyn Ingram, early on and could have folded, but they continued. They showed that FAU can be a basketball school. Now it is time for the Owls to leave everything they have in the C-USA tournament this Wednesday (March 13th) in Texas.