Men's Hoops Preview: Warner University @ FAU
Warner University (5-2) @ FAU (3-3)
When: Thursday, Dec. 10th 7:00 PM EST
Where: Boca Raton, FL - The Burrow
ESPN 760 Internet Broadcast: Here
Live Video: FAU Pay Per View
Live Stats: Here (if available)
Warner University Team Site: Here
F Derell Henderson 21.1 ppg
F Adam Branch 9.4 ppg
C Mirnes Islamovic' 9.1 ppg
G Brennan Taylor 8.6 ppg
G Ray Victor 2.0 ppg
G Ray Taylor 15.2 ppg
G Greg Gantt 14.5 ppg
F Jordan McCoy 5.8 ppg
F Brett Royster 9.3 ppg
C DeMonte Simpson 6.2 ppg
Thursday's contest will be the first meeting between the two programs.
Warner at a Glance
The Royals, members of the Sun Conference, are coming off a 79-70 win against the Southeastern Fire on Tuesday night in Lake Wales, and were recently voted 16th in the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 poll. Juco transfer center Mirnes Islamovic', 6'-9", 220lbs, had 17 points and seven rebounds on the night for Warner.
The Royals go-to-guy is SG/SF Derell Henderson, who is currently averaging just over 21 points per contest. An athletic wing player, Henderson had a staggering 17 free throw attempts in the win over Southeastern, and looks to draw contact when the opportunity presents itself.
FAU at a Glance
Mike Jarvis continues to mold his young team consisting of seven freshman, and recently celebrated a 85-61 win over Albany in which guard Greg Gantt had a career high 24 points.
Owl's guards Ray Taylor 15.2 ppg (1st) and Greg Gantt 14.5 ppg (2nd) are leading the way in scoring amongst Sun Belt freshman.
Forward Jordan McCoy continues to pace all newcomers with a league high 6.7 rpg.
Brett Royster is also tops in blocked shots with 3.3 per contest.
Ironically, FAU currently ranks second amongst Sun Belt programs in three point percentage at 40.0%, but is last on the defensive end while allowing opponents a league low 39.1% from long range.
Owl's Nest Prediction
The Owl's two game home winning streak will not be in jeopardy on Thursday. However, the contest will provide some final adjustments play prior to heading into the conference line-up which starts this Saturday at Louisiana-Lafayette in a televised match-up on CSS.