The FAU Owls Men’s basketball team was defeated by the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 72-69.
It was senior night at the Burrow for the Owls. FAU celebrated it’s three senior players; Anthony Adger, Xavian Stapleton, and Simeon Lepichev. All three players have been significant contributors to the team this season. Unfortunately, the Owls could not pull out a win for them in their final home game in Boca.
FAU was plagued by another slow start, only scoring 28 first half points. The team was outscored by the Bulldogs, who put up 34. LA Tech was led by 21 points from DaQuan Bracey. Bracey was able to hit four of six from downtown, compared to just seven on the game for FAU. The Owls were led by Karlis Silins who had 19 points. Adger finished with 17 points and Stapleton added 16 of his own.
FAU 69 LA TECH 72 I FINAL
The FAU Owls fall to the LA TECH Bulldogs 72-69. Adger with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Stapleton with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Lepichev with 7 points and 5 rebounds. The Owls next game is this Saturday, 03/09 at Marshal. #WinningInParadise pic.twitter.com/SHHyqNIAON
— FAU Men's Basketball (@FAU_Hoops) March 7, 2019
FAU actually had a two-point lead with five minutes to go in the game, but a scoring drought sealed their fate. The Owls must be disappointed in the slow start, given all the time they had to prepare for the game. Coach May even pointed out after the game, that LA tech came out with more energy than they did. FAU did beat LA Tech in their last match-up back in January. The Bulldogs had also lost eight consecutive road games before this one.
“It’s not about where you are; it’s about how you play and what you do”
-Xavian Stapleton per the Palm Beach Post & @FAU_Hoops
Regardless of the surprising outcome, the Owls are still 17-13 overall and 8-9 in the conference. They must now head to Marshall to close out the regular season before taking part in the C-USA tournament. That game against Marshall will be on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. Then the official seeding for the tourney will be announced and the Owls will see if they can put a bow on what has been a successful season.