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GAME THREAD: FAU vs. Marshall - 02/28/15 @ 7:00 PM

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What: FAU (8-18, 1-14 C-USA) vs Marshall (10-18, 6-9 C-USA)

When: Saturday, Jan 28th @ 7:00 PM

Where: Cam Henderson Center

TV: None

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Radio: ESPN 106.3

Live Stats: Here

Herd Team Site: Here

Probable Starters


G Marquan Botley 13.6 ppg
G Solomon Poole 12.6 ppg
G Jackson Trapp 10.6 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 5.1 ppg
C Justin Raffington 9.3 ppg


G Aleksa Nikolic 5.1 ppg
G Austin Loop 11.5 ppg
G Justin Edmonds 9.3 ppg
F Ryan Taylor 14.5 ppg
C JP Kambola 5.8 ppg


The Series

The Owls lead 2-1.

2/01/14 A W 65-57
3/11/14 N L 59-63
1/16/15 H W 76-62

Marshall at a Glance

Offense - 67.5 PPG, 39.8% FG, 31.7% 3PT

Defense - 71.9 PGA, 42.8% FGA, 32.1% 3PTA

Rebounding - 37.7 PG Team, 39.8 PG Opponents


The Herd locked up the final spot in the C-USA Tournament last night with a convincing 87-69 thumping of Florida International. Five players were in double figures for Marshall, who held the Panthers to a 1-9 showing from downtown in the 2nd half.

Their recent success is somewhat remarkable considering an 0-6 start in league action at the onset, which has been answered by a 6-3 stint since then.

Heading into this week's action, Marshall ranked 12th nationally in both possessions per game (71.4) and three point attempts (692). Unfortunately those feats are countered by 15.3 turnovers per outing, which is 14th in NCAA DI action.

FAU at a Glance

Offense - 62.9 PPG, 41.5% FG, 34.5% 3PT

Defense - 66.1 PGA, 45.2% FGA, 28.1% 3PTA

Rebounding - 31.8 PG Team, 35.4 PG Opponents


Thursday's 71-68 loss at Diddle Arena to the Hilltoppers assured Florida Atlantic will not have a place in the 2015 C-USA Tournament. Furthermore, with just three games left on the slate, the Owls are closing in on a final record they would rather avoid.

Should they fail to pull out a game down the stretch the squad would place them just behind the worst ever finish in league play. That happened back in 1999-20 when FAU finished 0-18 in the Atlantic Sun under former coach Sydney Green.

Kelvin Penn may not be able to catch Brett Royster's mark of 301 career blocks but the senior forward will have his own place in history as the 2nd best. Penn currently has 219 dismissals to his credit and will remain solely in the #2 spot of the record book.

After having some less than stellar showings as of late, guard Solomon Poole split time with Justin Massey at the two-spot against WKU and was able to connect on a 3-of-5 performance (2-2 3PT) for eight points, and four rebounds.

Latest Line


Owl's Nest Prediction

MAR -4
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Getting ready for the final road contest of 2015...the Owls opened as -5.5 underdogs, but has since gone down to -4.5 now as we approach tip-off.
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Owls will be without Raffington, who is injured.

Starters: Botley, Trapp, Poole, Penn, Turman.
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We're underway, Herd with the first score…Go Owls!

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The Herd races out to a 10-0 lead and Coach Curry has seen enough.

Timeout Owls…17:28

FAU 0  Marshall 10

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Make is 12-0.

Herd is 5-5 from the floor.

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Poole finally connects to end the Herd's opening run.

12-2 Marshall at the first media stop.

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The Owls run off a 6 straight, but Marshall answers with a triple.


FAU 6  Herd 15
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Johnson connects to make it just a 4 point game….Penn is called for his second personal, and will head to the pine.


FAU 11  Marshall 15
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Game of runs thus far…Herd with a 5-0 spurt.

FAU shooting 38% to Marshall's 53%.


Owls 13  Herd 21
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