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GAME THREAD: UTSA @ FAU - January 2, 2020

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Owls Basketball Opens C-USA Play vs. UTSA


What: UTSA (7-6) @ Florida Atlantic (8-5)

When: Thursday, January 2nd, @ 7:00 PM Eastern

Where: Abessinio Court Roofclaim.com Arena

Series: FAU is 5-4 all time against the Roadrunners. The Owls have won two of the past three meetings.


TV: None

Stream: ESPN+

Radio: FoxSports 640

Live Stats: Here



UTSA at a Glance:

Offense - 78.8 PPG, 42% FG, 34% 3PT

Defense - 74.4 PPGA, 44% FGA, 32% 3PTA

Rebounding - 40 RPG Bulls, 38 RPG Opponents


Notables

UTSA was projected to finish second in the preseason Conference USA polls, and have won five of their last six after beginning the season 0-5.

The Roadrunners had some struggles in the non-conference portion of the season, however UTSA was competitive against Pac 10 opponent Oregon State and then followed it up with a win against Illinois State. UTSA has seemed to began their strength after a slow start.

Head Coach Steve Henson is in his third season at UTSA, he has one postseason appearance in San Antonio. Prior to his arrival at UTSA Henson was a lead assistant at the University of Oklahoma.

The Roadrunners are led by one of the top scorers in the nation, Jihhvan Jackson who is averaging 26 PPG. The junior scored 41 points in the teams with against Illinois State earlier in the season.



FAU at a Glance:

Offense - 72.1 PPG, 44% FG, 35% 3PT

Defense - 66.8 PPGA, 44% FGA, 34% 3PTA

Rebounding - 37 RPG Owls, 32 RPG Opponents


Notables

The Owls enter Thursday night's contest after a heartbreaking loss at USF. Despite the result, FAU is still winners of six out of their last eight games.

A bright spot for the Owls so far this season is G Mike Forrest, who has improved his three point shooting from 34% to 42%. The sophomore has certainly taken a step forward in his second second in Boca Raton.

Karlis Silins has an impressive performance in the Owls recent loss to USF. The sophomore scored 12 points in 27 minutes of action.

This matchup will mark the beginning of C-USA play for the Owls.


Latest Line: FAU -4

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Looks like Niang will be INACTIVE tonight. We'll try to get more information.


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Same lineup as last week's loss to USF.


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Sweet new scoreboards and scoring table in the “arena”.

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Like Ryan mentioned, Mike Forrest's three-point play has greatly improved.


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As Dusky mentioned, the new video board is NICE!!!


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Sebree gets hit in the face while going up for a fastbreak layup, and still converts!


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Jailyn Ingram is BACK y'all!


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HALFTIME. FAU 42 - UTSA 31.

Owls see their lead shrink from 19 to 11 after failing to score in the final 3:30 of the half.


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We return from the half, and the Owls return to their sound shooting! FAU is riding a 6-0 run to stretch their lead to 15.


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