The Owls knew they had a challenge in defending Maryland’s guards heading into Sunday’s match up against the Terrapins.
But, as it turns out, making shots would be the biggest problem faced by FAU en route to a 72-59 loss in College Park.
The contest marks the close of a five game road swing, and the last of three straight against opponents from either the ACC or SEC.
Terrapin guard Greivis Vasquez led all scorers with 26 points, and chipped in eight rebounds.
FAU went just 23 of 73 from the floor, but did manage to connect on 6 of 12 from long range.
Turnovers were another big problem in transition as FAU gave the ball away 17 times. Maryland capitalized upon 20 points from the miscues.
“Hopefully that’s something we’ll correct”, said Mike Jarvis. It’s not what they did; it’s what we didn’t do”.
After leading 39-27 at the break, Maryland built as much as an 18 point lead in the second period.
The Owls threatened late, pulling to within 9 points with 6:53 to play after a three pointer by Ray Taylor (photo left), but would get no closer.
Maryland responded with a 9-0 run to lead comfortably the rest of the way, as FAU remained scoreless until the 2:22 mark.
Jarvis continues to push for his young team to face the task at hand – maturing quickly.
“We need some of these guys to finally realize they are on their own now and mommy is not going to come and take care of them. They’ve got to grow up and start to become men. And, when they do we’ll start winning some of these games", Jarvis said.
Taylor led the Owls with 16 points on the afternoon. Greg Gantt added 14. They were the only two Owls to post in double figures.
Brett Royster (photo left) pulled down a game, and career-high, 14 boards as the Owls out rebounded Maryland 49-45.
FAU returns to the home court this Tuesday to host the Pride of Hofstra University. The game is set to tip at 7:00PM.