BONUS PLAY GAME THREAD: UAB @ FAU February 22, 2020
What: UAB (16-11, 7-7 CUSA) vs Florida Atlantic (14-3, 6-8 CUSA)
When: Saturday, February 22nd, @ 7:00 PM Eastern
Where: Abessinio Court at FAU Arena
Series: FAU is 2-10 all time against UAB. In mid-January UAB defeated FAU 65-68.
Radio: FoxSports 640
Live Stats: Here
UAB Team Site: Here
UAB at a Glance:
Offense - 70.8 PPG, 42% FG, 34% 3PT
Defense - 75.4 PPGA, 46% FGA, 40% 3PTA
Rebounding - 36 RPG Blazers, 37 RPG Opponents
UAB enters Saturday`s match up as the winners of two straight games, both against Middle Tennessee State. This game will mark the beginning of Bonus Play for the Blazers who are playing in the middle pod. UAB had a strong start to the season and were 9-4 entering the new year, however the team struggled to find consistency in CUSA play. In non-conference action the Blazers almost upset Texas and Memphis, only losing by a combined 18 points.
UAB is led by the back court duo of G Jalen Benjamin (15 PPG) and G Tavin Lovan (15 PPG.) Benjamin, a true freshmen from Raleigh, North Carolina has nine 15+ point scoring performances this season. In the January contest, FAU limited Benjamin to 9 points on three of nine shooting from the field. One of the rising stars in CUSA this season is G Tavin Lovan. The sophomore scored a season high 25 points on February 12th against Middle Tennessee State.
In his 4th season at the helm is head coach Robert Ehsan. Last year, the former Virginia Tech and Maryland assistant led UAB to a post season trip to the College Basketball Invitational.
FAU at a Glance:
Offense - 70.4 PPG, 42% FG, 32% 3PT
Defense - 68.8 PPGA, 44 % FGA, 33% 3PTA
Rebounding - 37 RPG Owls, 35 RPG Opponents
Looking to put an end to their 4 game losing streak, the Owls will host UAB to begin Bonus Play in the middle pod. FAU is 12-3 in The Burrow this season.
Keep an eye on G D.J. Robertson, the true freshmen has received more playing time since G Everett Winchester suffered a season ending injury. Robertson scored a career high 8 points against Louisiana Tech last week and has a very bright future here in Boca Raton.
Standing out in the Owls recent loss to Louisiana Tech was F Karlis Silins, who scored 13 points with 4 rebounds. The former Ole Miss Rebel is shooting an impressive 42% from three point range. A key matchup will be Silins vs UAB F Mahktar Gueye (7 PPG, 5 RPG). Both are tenacious rebounders who help to spread the floor for each teams respective ball handlers.
Look for F Jailyn Ingram (11 PPG, 5 RPG) to continue to be aggressive in the paint. The team captain has two double-doubles this season.
Latest Line: FAU -2.5
We’re getting ready for some hoops at The Burrow!@Ryan_Rubloff will be providing images from Abessinio Court whole @JackWhidden3 will be rocking the tweets and updates in our Game Capsule. pic.twitter.com/w6Zf6dWTRc— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 22, 2020
#FAU's Starting Five vs. #UAB:— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 23, 2020
G - Cornelius "Scuta" Taylor
G - Richardson Maitre
F - Jaylen Sebree
F - Madiaw Niang
C - Aleksandar Zecevic
Jailyn Ingram isn't starting today. We have no idea why. He IS suited up, and warming up with the team. pic.twitter.com/awKJP8C9nI
HALFTIME. #UAB 35 - #FAU 33— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 23, 2020
The Blazers take their first lead in over 10 minutes of game time with a buzzer-beating thee pointer.
Despite that, the Owls have been the better team in the first half, shooting 52% FG.
C'mon boys, lets get this win! 👌
What a beautiful dish from Jailyn Ingram to Karlis Silins!— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 23, 2020
Owls are working hard to grab the lead back from the Blazers.
Still, #UAB leads #FAU 43-39 with 12:00 left in the contest. pic.twitter.com/cYlnBCNzXb
OWLS WIN! #FAU 65 - #UAB 58— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 23, 2020
FAU beats UAB for the first time in FIVE YEARS! That's the way to begin #CUSA Bonus Play! 👊👊
Maitre - TH 15 Pts & 3 3FGs
Ingram - 12 Pts, 6 Rebs, TH 3 assists
Blackshear - 11 Pts, 4 Rebs
Taylor - 10 Pts, TH 3 assists
Silins - 7 Pts, TH 8 Rebs pic.twitter.com/X6haARizAJ