GAME CAPSULE: FAU @ Eastern Michigan - December 4, 2022
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What: Florida Atlantic (6-1, 0-0 C-USA) vs. Eastern Michigan (2-6, 0-0 MAC)
When: Sunday, December 4th, @ 2:30 PM
Where: George Gervin GameAbove Center
Series: First meeting between the teams
Radio: FoxSports 640
Live Stats: Here
Latest Line: FAU -9.5
Eagles Team Site: Here
EMU at a Glance
Offense - 76 PPG, 45% FG, 36% 3PT
Defense - 81 PPGA, 49% FGA, 34% 3PTA
Rebounding - 33 RPG, 35 RPG Opponents
FAU at a Glance
Offense - 77 PPG, 48% FG, 38% 3PT
Defense - 63 PPGA, 38% FGA, 31% 3PTA
Rebounding - 40 RPG, 36 RPG Opponents
Another game on tap for the surging FAU men's basketball team, and this one has some significance, as they can grab the best start to a season in program history (7-1) with a win. Additionally, unlike years prior, the current mark is clean - with only one contest against non division one talent.
FAU is leading Conference USA teams in defensive rebounds with just over 29 hauls a game, and are third in three point baskets with 9.43 per contest. On the offensive glass, reserve forward Giancarlo Rosado (photo below) is pulling down 2.57 grabs each outing (4th C-USA).
The Owls currently have an RPI if 27, and have non-conference wins over squads at 89 (Bryant), 98 (Detroit Mercy), 120 (South Alabama), 220 (Florida), 302 (Albany).
They continue to get solid all around performances up and down the bench at all positions, which in turn makes it difficult for Coach Dusty May to call out any specific player for their efforts.
"In all honesty it's been a different guy each night, and that's the unique part of our team is that we are so deep and capable, we've had so many players step up", May said.
While Sunday's match-up is the first for FAU, it will be another homecoming for Coach May, who was an EMU assistant during the 2005-06 season under then head coach Charles Ramsey.
Florida Atlantic is favored by nearly 10 points for the contest, primarily due to defensive indicators.
Eastern Michigan is coming off an 80-68 road win over FIU that snapped a six-game overall losing streak. But results can be deceptive, having played Michigan within five points on the road, and Perdue within seven.
"They are much, much better than their record and they have a very high ceiling", said May of the Eagles.
At FIU, Emoni Bates (26) and Noah Farrakhan (25) became the first teammates to score 20-or-more in the same game since Jan. 29, 2022, in a home game against Miami University when Farrakhan (28) and Nate Scott (25) accomplished the feat.
"Really skilled players that are capable of getting 30 to 40 points", May said. "We are going to have a lot of accountability one-on-one and we're going to have to have great gap help to protect against those guys".
As of Nov. 30, Bates is the MAC league leader at 20.4 points per game and also ranks 19th in the NCAA. Bates, who has hit at least two triples in every game this year, is 17th in the NCAA at 3.4 triples per outing.
"We've played guys like Bates several times this year", said May. "If he gets his points it's OK as long as its taking him a lot of attempts to do it, and he's playing inefficiently."
The Eagles connected on eight treys at FIU, extending a streak of consecutive games with at least one made triple to 589 games. The last time EMU failed to hit from distance was Jan. 24, 2004, when it was 0-of-7 at home against Miami.
Contributing Source: EMU Sports Information
Go Owls 🦉🏀
FAU 12 EMU 6
Owls out to a quick lead in double up fashion.
FAU 17 EMU 13
The Eagles are hanging in there at the midway point of the first half.
Brian Greenlee with 5 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists to lead the Owls thus far.
FAU 23 EMU 13
6-0 run for the Owls and the Eagles call time.
FAU 34 EMU 21
The Owls are containing Bates, he's got 8 points but is 0-3 from long range.
The Owls are getting balanced scoring across the board, and Gaffney is leading the way at the break with 8⃣. They blank the Eagles (0-9) from downtown 🤫
FAU 56 EMU 40
The Owls are on 🔥 from downtown, 2-of-3 to start the period and 7-of-15 for the contest.
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