GAME THREAD: FAU @ Southern Miss - February 13, 2020
What: Florida Atlantic (14-11, 6-6) @ Southern Mississippi (7-18, 3-9)
When: Thursday, February 13th, 2020 @ 8:00 PM Eastern
Where: Reed Green Coliseum
Series: The Golden Eagles own a slight 4-2 edge over the Owls, which includes a two point victory over FAU last year.
Stream: ESPN+ *Fee
Radio: FoxSports 640
Live Stats: Here
USM Team Site: Here
USM at a Glance:
Offense - 67.0 PPG, 44% FG, 31% 3PT
Defense - 73.4 PPGA, 44% FGA, 34% 3PTA
Rebounding - 34.8 RPG Golden Eagles, 34.0 RPG Opponents
The Golden Eagles are limping into the final week before C-USA Bonus Play after blowing a double-digit halftime lead against WKU. Reigning C-USA Co-Sixth Man of the Year LaDavius Draine had his first double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
USM was punching above their weight as WKU continues to battle for a C-USA Regular Season Championship. Southern Miss has a pair of impressive wins over UAB and Charlotte, the latter being the lone Golden Eagles victory in their last five attempts.
The Golden Eagles are led by a pair of sophomores in guard Gabe Watson and forward Tyler Stevenson, who average 13.3 and 12.4 PPG, respectively.
While not known to dominate the boards, USM does have the conference's fourth best rebounder on their roster. Senior forward Leonard Harper-Baker averages 7.8 RPG, including 6.7 RPG vs. C-USA opponents.
FAU at a Glance:
Offense - 70.7 PPG, 43% FG, 33% 3PT
Defense - 68.4 PPGA, 44% FGA, 33% 3PTA
Rebounding - 37.0 RPG Owls, 34.7 RPG Opponents
The Owls follow up their first-ever wins over Marshall and WKU in the same season, with back-to-back defeats to rival FIU. Last time out, the Owls led for over 26 minutes and by as much as 14 points before failing to score in the final 4:43. The Panthers used an 8-0 run over that span to win 66-59.
Combining the stats from both loses, FAU shot a miserable 4-40 from the three-point arc. Cornelius "Scuta" Taylor claims three, with Michael Forrest draining one.
Despite only draining three three-pointers over the last two games, Taylor still leads the team in scoring at 12.3 PPG. He also has a team high in 3FG with 56. Forward Jailyn Ingram is the only other Owl currently averaging double-digit scoring with 10.4 PPG.
Michael Forrest and Richardson Maitre are one solid shooting day away from adding their name to FAU's 10+ PPG club. The pair of guards average 9.8 and 9.1 PPG respectively.
While Taylor leads the team in 3FGs made, it is big-man Karlis Silins who claims the Owls' highest 3FG% at 39% (13-33). He scored 13 points in the first half of Saturday's game vs. FIU, but was held scoreless in the final period.
A win on Thursday will keep the Owls hopes of a place in the "top pod" of C-USA Bonus Play alive. While unlikely, going into Bonus Play as one of the conference's top five teams would provide the best possible tune-up going into the C-USA Tournament.
The Owls will travel to perennial conference power Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
Opening Line: FAU -1
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Don't be surprised that Ingram has a game high in both points and rebounds. He's been dominating tonight.
HALFTIME. #FAU 33 - #USM 31.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 14, 2020
Despite only scoring just two FGs in the final 5:50 of the half, the Owls will head to the break leading Golden Eagles.
Jailyn Ingram owns a GH 12 points & 6 rebounds. Two of those points come from this gorgeous jumper. pic.twitter.com/4ZqnopBTxj
NJOWL saidI jinxed it.
NJOWL saidMan this is just a big game. Excited to watch more.Posted On: Feb 13th 2020, 8:54 PMPosted On: Feb 13th 2020, 9:03 PM
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