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Three point shooting and rebounding bite Owls again in second straight loss

Last season FAU embarked on a 0-4 mark to close out conference play. With three games remaining and two of them on the road, that could seemingly topple unless things turn around quickly.

Tonight, Florida Atlantic (18-9, 10-3) dropped their second straight contest falling 72-64 to Louisiana at FAU Arena.

For the third straight time they let the opponent shoot at will from long range, and for the second straight time dropped a paltry 14.3% there themselves.

Making matters worse was a 36-18 manhandling on the glass. This comes on the heels of a 29-21 showing against Denver - the leagues worst rebounding team.

“Games like this are won from the neck up first, that’s where we lost the game”, said Coach Mike Jarvis afterwards. “You can’t make the kind of mental mistakes that we made tonight.”

Kore White (pictured above) scored eight of the Owls' first 10 points in what was the lone offensive highlight of the evening. The Ragin’ Cajuns led most of the first half until Brett Royster’s jumper tied it up at 17 a piece.

Florida Atlantic shot 0-of-7 from beyond the arc in the frame, which helped enable a 31-27 advantage at the break for UL, despite 13 Ragin’ Cajun turnovers.

Ray Taylor finally sank the Owls’ first three point basket at the 14:55 mark of the second, sparking what had been a relatively momentum free attack.

Shortly afterwards, Alex Tucker fed Jordan McCoy underneath in which he converted an ensuing free throw upon to put FAU back on top at 43-42.

However, the Ragin’ Cajuns answered with a hot hand, sinking 8-of-11 from the floor, and eight straight at the line, to build a double digit lead with less than five minutes remaining.

“In the second half we took the lead, and then we made some ridiculously stupid plays”, Jarvis said.

Two free throws by Tucker completed a 6-0 Owl run that had the home team within striking distance at 68-63 with just 1:48 to go.

But Louisiana (10-14, 7-5) managed the game clock to perfection thereafter, absorbing 1:02 on the two possessions in which they scored the difference, while Dennis Mavin added a free throw for FAU.

Three players were in double figures for the Ragin’ Cajuns, who have now won seven in a row.

FAU completed 24-of-30 attempts at the line in the foul laden affair which heard the whistle blown 44 times.

The Owls will have a week off before facing southern rival Florida International next Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in Miami.


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If there is any good news from tonight, it was that Denver lost 64-55 @ Troy…….

After spanking the Owls on Thursday, the Trojans held the bi-polar Pioneers to just 36.7% from three in the victory.

The Sun Belt regular season winner gets an auto-bid to the NIT.

If FAU can keep away from the Pioneers in the standings, they will be there; as they seem to be the only team to beat down the stretch statistically in W's…

Not that we want to settle for the NIT…….

Plenty of playing time yet to happen in Hot Springs.

;D
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Rick said

The Sun Belt regular season winner gets an auto-bid to the NIT.

If FAU can keep away from the Pioneers in the standings, they will be there; as they seem to be the only team to beat down the stretch statistically in W's…

Not that we want to settle for the NIT…….

Getting an auto-bid to the NIT for winning the regular season would be huge.  Anything else after that is gravy.  Post season play is vital to the growth of the program…I don't care if it's the Girl Scout invitational, we need to play in the post season to build the program.

…and in the "Where is Wright Waters" category…there is no valid reason why the SunBelt needs to schedule an away game on Thursday in Denver and a home game on Saturday in Boca Raton.  There is no reason to do that (to any team in the conference).  That is like giving us an extra "away" game.
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Rick said

If there is any good news from tonight, it was that Denver lost 64-55 @ Troy…….

After spanking the Owls on Thursday, the Trojans held the bi-polar Pioneers to just 36.7% from three in the victory.

The Sun Belt regular season winner gets an auto-bid to the NIT.

If FAU can keep away from the Pioneers in the standings, they will be there; as they seem to be the only team to beat down the stretch statistically in W's…

Not that we want to settle for the NIT…….

Plenty of playing time yet to happen in Hot Springs.

;D


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the couple loses are fine as long as we bounce back and get on a hot streak going into the tourney…

God I want March Madness to mean something this year!!!!!
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let's go ULL and Troy tonight…knock out Ark St. and Middle!
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owler said

let's go ULL and Troy tonight…knock out Ark St. and Middle!

Both teams are on the road, which is a plus…

ASU down 29-18 at the half…….

UL is really peaking at the right time.
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My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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Looks like ULL does us a favor and knocks off Ark State.

Ark State now 8-5 in conference as is ULL

Next up: Troy/MTSU

Right now Troy is up 1 in the 2nd half 10:15 remaining

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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Troy wins 69-65 in OT over MTSU.. Big win to help us!

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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