GAME THREAD: UTSA @ FAU - January 2, 2020
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.
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
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
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
We're getting ready for tipoff here at Roofclaim(dot)com Arena.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) January 3, 2020
It looks like Madiaw Niang is in sweats while the team warms up. So safe to say he'll be inactive tonight.#FAU vs. #UTSA is just a few more minutes away! pic.twitter.com/NKkOOtoY1k
AND-ONE!!— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) January 3, 2020
Mike Forrest hits this three while getting fouled, before converting at the free throw line for a four point play!#FAU uses an 11-0 run to take a 29-14 advantage over #UTSA at the midway point of the first half. pic.twitter.com/3nobPe3Ukb
Oh my, Jaylen Sebree!— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) January 3, 2020
The IMG Academy product gets WHACKED in the face while converting this layup. Talk about taking one for the team!#FAU leads #UTSA 38-19 with less than 7 minutes left in the first half. pic.twitter.com/t1Pm6sSJPC
Owls see their lead shrink from 19 to 11 after failing to score in the final 3:30 of the half.
HALFTIME. #FAU 42 - #UTSA 31.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) January 3, 2020
The 'Runners knock down a three just before the half to shrink the Owls' once 19 point lead, down to 11. FAU hasn't scored since that dunk by Ingram at the 3:30 mark.
Despite the sloppy end to the half, Dusty May's boys are still shooting 49% FG. pic.twitter.com/JYueMkjhb8