GAME THREAD: FAU @ North Florida - December 7, 2020
What: Florida Atlantic (2-2) vs. North Florida (0-5)
When: Monday, December 7, @ 7:00 PM Eastern
Where: UNF Arena
Series: The Owls own a 4-0 series edge over the Ospreys.
UNF Team Site: Here
Stream: ESPN+ *Subscription Required
Radio: FoxSports 640
Live Stats: Here
UNF at a Glance:
Offense - 61.8 PPG, 38.3% FG, 34.8% 3PT
Defense - 82.8 PPGA, 45.7% FGA, 28.5% 3PTA
Rebounding - 34.6 RPG Ospreys, 41.6 RPG Opponents
Playing in their fifth consecutive road clash, UNF battled against High Point on Saturday afternoon but came up short in a 85-74 loss. North Florida faces its third mid-major foe of the season having dropped games vs Eastern Kentucky and High Point earlier this year. The Ospreys are 42-24 (63.6%) versus non-conference D1 mid-majors during Coach Matthew Driscoll's 12-year tenure.
The Sun Belt's coaches and media poll both tabbed the Ospreys to finish 4th in the conference. Junior Forward Carter Hendricksen was a unanimous choice for preseason All-Conference after finishing his sophomore campaign ranked among the league leaders in scoring (14.9 PPG) and rebounding (7.1 RPG).
Source: North Florida Media Relations
FAU at a Glance:
Offense - 81.8 PPG, 45.4% FG, 39.2% 3PT
Defense - 58.3 PPGA, 36.5% FGA, 32.2% 3PTA
Rebounding - 42.5 RPG Owls, 34.8 RPG Opponents
The Owls evened their record at 2-2 with a record-breaking performance against Florida National Thursday night at FAU Arena. It was the first time FAU has appeared at The Burrow this season and it was memorable.
The Owls defeated the Conquistadors 128-64, setting school records for points in a game, points in a half, field goals made and 3-point field goals made. They also set numerous FAU Arena records in the dismantling of Florida National.
Freshman Alijah Martin has made an impact off the bench through this young season. He scored 21 points behind 5-of-12 shooting from 3-point range vs. Florida National for his first double-digit scoring outing as a collegian. He has scored at least one 3-pointer in each game. He’s also been active on the boards, ranking second on the team with 4.8 rebounds per game, despite playing just 13.2 minutes per game.
The Owls will be looking for their first true road victory of the season and their first win over an NCAA Division I opponent.
Source: FAU Media Relations
Latest Line: FAU -3
Tipoff is in a half hour.
It's about that time! @FAUMBB (2-2) is in Jacksonville to take on the Ospreys of #UNF (0-5). The hosts will be without their highest scorer due to injury.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) December 7, 2020
Sounds like a great day for another #FAU 🏀 WIN! #GoOwls 👌
🤳: @Guccigreg23 pic.twitter.com/ltSmZH3Ys4
And yes, I'm talking about the basketball team, not the football team.
#FAU's in a fight in Jacksonville. #UNF's zone defense is giving the Owls all sorts of trouble.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) December 8, 2020
Karlis lookin' calm, cool, and collected... as always.
UNF leads FAU 12-10 | 12:00 1H pic.twitter.com/rWEoO4PUlK
HALFTIME | #FAU leads #UNF 41 - 39— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) December 8, 2020
Owls use their 11-0 run to take the lead midway through the first period, but an impressive Osprey response is capped off with a buzzer-beating three to pull the hosts within a possession.
Silins and Forrest share a team high 10 points.
Owls lead UNF late.
Forrest missed a pair at the charity stripe late, but the Owls defense stepped up! Absolutely no open looks for UNF as they attempted their would-be go-ahead possession.
OWLS WIN! | #FAU 79 - #UNF 77@CoachDustyMay's boys pull out a GUTSY win over the Ospreys on the road and improving to 3-2 on the young season.@Karlis_Silins: Team High 19 PTS 🔥🔥@2easyJ_: 13 PTS, Game High 10 Rebs 💥— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) December 8, 2020
NEXT: @ #NCState, Sat. 12/12. pic.twitter.com/2sjmftkEEW
UPDATED SCHEDULE: 2020-21 FAU Men's Basketball Schedule - FAU Owl's Nest