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The Owl’s Basketball team wrapped up their post-season after losing in the first round of the CIT to the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 68-66.
After losing to LA Tech in the C-USA tournament, it was unsure if FAU would play again this season. Alas, however, the Owls got an invite to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The CIT is not as glamorous as the NIT, and definitely not the NCAA tournament. Still, getting invited here shows how successful the Owls were this year. It is worth noting that FIU also received an invite, as they had a similar season as FAU. One of resurgence and promise.
Unfortunately, that promise doesn’t always equate to wins, and the Owls took another loss. No doubt, they played hard. The hard-nosed physical basketball that Coach Dusty May has installed this year. FAU played an even game, more so than their last. They barely lost the first half, 30-34. They actually outscored CSU 36-34 in the second, but clearly not enough for the win.
Owls fall to Charleston Southern 68-66 in first round of CIT. FAU finishes year 17-16. pic.twitter.com/8DcYB50z3m
— FAU Men's Basketball (@FAU_Hoops) March 22, 2019
CSU is a solid basketball team and they will look to continue their tourney run after improving to 18-15. The Buccaneers were led by Dontrell Shuler and Phlandrous Fleming Jr. who scored 17 each. CSU held the Owls off at the final buzzer as Xavian Stapleton missed a go-ahead three-pointer.
For the 17-16 FAU Owls, they have their first winning season since 2011. They showed a lot of determination and Dusty May has proved that he can build this team to be legit in the C-USA. The teams leading scorer for the year, Anthony Adger, scored a team-high 17 points in his final game as an Owl. Stapleton had 14 points off the bench in his last game as well.
Despite losing their last four games, the Owls can hold their head high. There will be some roster turnover to address for next season, but having Coach May on board should make FAU feel comfortable about their direction.