GAME THREAD: Florida Memorial @ FAU - December 12, 2020
What: Florida Memorial (2-5) vs. Florida Atlantic (3-2)
When: Saturday, December 12, @ 12:00 PM Eastern
Where: Abessinio Court at FAU Arena
Series: The Owls have a 5-2 advantage over the Lions. FMU's lone wins came in 1988 and 1989.
Stream: CUSA.tv *Subscription Required
Radio: FoxSports 640
Live Stats: Here
FMU Team Site: Here
FMU at a Glance:
Offense - 68.6 PPG, 42.4% FG, 29.3% 3PT
Defense - 74.9 PPGA, 39.8% FGA, 31.1% 3PTA
Rebounding - 39 RPG Lions, 38.3 RPG Opponents
An HBCU from Miami Gardens, the Florida Memorial Lions will visit The Burrow coming off a 68-65 win over fellow NAIA program, Webber International.
FMU are led by guard Sam Mack Jr. and forward Mubashar Ali, averaging 13.8 and 10.1 points per game respectively. The latter is also the team leader along the glass with 9.5 rebounds per game.
FMU was originally scheduled to play FIU this weekend, but a COVID-19 outbreak within the Panthers program cancelled the Lion's trip to West Miami. This game will count as an exhibition towards FMU's record.
FAU at a Glance:
Offense - 8128 PPG, 45.9% FG, 39.9% 3PT
Defense - 62 PPGA, 39.4% FGA, 35.8% 3PTA
Rebounding - 42.4 RPG Owls, 33.6 RPG Opponents
The Owls are amidst a three-game win streak, their longest since early January of 2020 with wins over UTSA, UTEP, and Rice.
In the previous home game, FAU defeated Florida National of the NAIA, 128-64, setting school records for points in a game, points in a half, field goals made and 3-point field goals made in the process.
Most recently, FAU held off a feisty North Florida to break an Osprey out-of-conference home winning streak that stretched to 2016. In the 79-77 FAU win, forward Karlis Silins tied his previous career high of 19 points while forward Jailyn Ingram notched his first double-double of the season.
To nobody's surprise, Ingram leads the team in points with a 14.6 average. This is despite Ingram returning to practice just days before the season opener after being unable to participate for two weeks.
FAU Head Coach Dusty May said last week that it is a team goal to be a top-25 team in offensive rebounds. As it currently stands, the Owls' 14.8 offensive boards ranks second in C-USA and number 17 in the nation.
This contest was scheduled after a COVID outbreak at NC State forced the cancellation of the Owls trip to Raleigh to face the Wolfpack.
Latest Line: No Line
GET UP and get to The Burrow, it's #FAU 🏀 Gameday! @FAUMBB will welcome @GoFMULions to Paradise today for a noon tip. Look for another career day from this man, @karlis_silins after netting 19 against #UNF. #GoOwls! 👌— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) December 12, 2020
🤳: @Guccigreg23 pic.twitter.com/OdYdtaoYtz
FAU's lineup is in. We see no changes from the Owls' previous victories.
It's about time for some basketball in Paradise! 🌴🏀🌴#FAU's Starting Five 🆚 #FMU ⬇️— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) December 12, 2020
G - BJ Greenlee
G - Kenan Blackshear
G - Everett Winchester
F - Jailyn Ingram
F - Karlis Silins
Let's do this, boys! #GoOwls 👌
HALFTIME | #FAU leads #FMU 51-16.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) December 12, 2020
That scoreline is NOT a typo. The Owls end the half with a 24-2 run.@2easyJ_ leads all scorers with 10 points. @kbuckets11 and @m_ke1135 aren't far behind with 9 and 8 pointes, respectively. pic.twitter.com/FJKOyfNZ64
Why on Earth would you elect to give @kbuckets11 an open look!? He's going to make you pay every time!— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) December 12, 2020
And how about @M_ke1135 with a four-point play soon after! 💥💥#FAU leads #FMU 84-43 | 9:00 2H pic.twitter.com/iCjv3wsJ6w
No surprise the Owls pushed aside the NAIA program from Miami Gardens. The last few games would be a much needed playing time before facing Stetson and UF next week.
OWLS WIN! | #FAU 112 - #FMU 49@FAUMBB win their fourth straight, improving to 4-2 on the young season! 👏👏— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) December 12, 2020
6⃣ Owls reached double-digits in scoring today, but it was @M_ke1135 with a Game High 15 PTS and 3-3 3FG.
NEXT: @ #Stetson, Tues. 12/15, 7pm. #GoOwls 👌 pic.twitter.com/KSTmKAWCZM
#FAU's @CoachDustyMay: "After #NCState cancelled, we thought there might be a let down with whomever we played. But the one thing that gave us piece of mind is that we have guys in our program that love basketball; they find joy in the game. And they compete because of that joy. pic.twitter.com/4ZAqGiiK3f— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) December 12, 2020