FAU Basketball: Owls Defeat North Texas 60-54

For the second time this month, the FAU Men’s basketball team beat the North Texas Mean Green.

Perhaps the Owls just match-up well with UNT. They controlled most of the game and never really allowed the Mean Green to find a rhythm on offense. 

Something that FAU did not do well in their last game, a loss against FIU. Not to mention, the Owls were on the road in this one, playing a team that had only lost two games at home all year. Although, UNT has now lost their last five games straight. 

For FAU, it was not the usual guys that led the team to victory. Anthony Adger, the teams leading scorer, finished the game with zero points. Xavian Stapleton did his usual, with 12 points off the bench. It was Richardson Maitre who stepped into the starting line-up and scored a team leading 15 points. Karlis Silins, who has actually been very consistent, contributed 12 points and three blocks on the night.

Neither team played particularly well, as this game was headlined by defense and turnovers. Still, it is nice to see the Owls get a big road win like this, especially with the tournament approaching. It shows that this young team is not afraid of the pressure.

FAU is now 8-8 in conference play and tied for 8th place in the C-USA. The Owls are 17-12 overall. This win clinches a winning season, the first since the 2010-11 season. On top of that, the win gives Dusty May the most wins by a first-year Division I head coach in FAU history.

Next up for Florida Atlantic is their final home game of the regular season. That game will be against Louisiana Tech on March 6th, at 7 p.m. EST. 

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