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GAME THREAD: FAU @ Stetson - December 15, 2020

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Owls Take Win-Streak on the Road to Face Stetson


What: Florida Atlantic (4-2) vs. Stetson (0-4)

When: Tuesday, December 15, @ 7:00 PM Eastern

Where: Edmunds Center

Series: The Hatters own a slight 18-16 edge over the Owls. The two programs used to compete annually in the Atlantic Sun Conference.


TV: None

Stream: ESPN+ *Subscription Required

Radio: FoxSports 640

Live Stats: Here

Stetson Team Site: Here


Stetson at a Glance:

Offense - 55.8 PPG, 34.1% FG, 28.8% 3PT

Defense - 76.2 PPGA, 43% FGA, 37.6% 3PTA

Rebounding - 33.3 RPG Hatters, 42.5 RPG Opponents


Notables

Just a month ago, the Hatters were pegged to finish third in the ever-entertaining Atlantic Sun Conference. Those standings included generating the second most first-place votes with two. Despite this, the Hatters own a winless record that includes an embarrassing loss to Division II Emanuel College, a private liberal arts institution in Northeast Georgia with less than a thousand students.

Stetson's most recent scheduled would have most likely produced their first win of the campaign. Yet Florida College, an NAIA program in the Tampa suburbs, called the game off last minute because an FC player tested positive for COVID-19 during the pregame. In their most recent actual game, SU lost to USF 73-62.

Stetson's lowly offense runs solely off a pair of guards. Rob Perry and Chase Johnston. Perry, the defending A-Sun Freshmen of the Year leads the team with 13.8 PPG. Johnston, a Boca Raton native who lead Fort Lauderdale's Westminster Academy to a 2019 state championship, is not far behind with 13.3 PPG.


FAU at a Glance:

Offense - 86.3 PPG, 47.5% FG, 42.4% 3PT

Defense - 59.8 PPGA, 39.2% FGA, 33.8% 3PTA

Rebounding - 43.2 RPG Owls, 33.6 RPG Opponents


Notables

FAU's four-game win streak hits the road following a 112-49 thumping over Florida Memorial, an NAIA program in Miami Gardens. Six Owls scored in the double-digits in the win. Michael Forrest paced the team with 15 points in just 18 minutes of action. As a team, the Owls shot 55% from the field and 59% from three.

Forward Jailyn Ingram is still the team leader in points and rebounds with 14.2 and 6.5 per game, respectively. Minnesota transfer BJ Greenlee is not far behind with 11.3 PPG, which is boosted by his team-leading 61.5% 3PT shooting. Following his strong game last week, Michael Forrest becomes the third Owl to average double-digits. The guard from Blanche Ely now owns a PPG of 10.7

As a team, the Owls rank 35th nationally in PPG and 29th nationally in RPG. Head Coach Dusty May wants his team to be in the top-25 nationally along the offensive glass. So far, it is mission accomplished as FAU ranks 13th in the nation.


Latest Line: FAU -3

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If it's not broke, don't fix it. No changes to FAU's starting lineup as the owls ride their four-game win streak to DeLand.


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Yikes.. Hatters start the night shooting 4-5 from the field. Dusty May calls a timeout as his usually stingy defense looks a step slower.

Stetson leads 12-4 at the 15:35 mark of the first half.

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Owls defense has found their footing, but Stetson is smothering FAU's off the ball movement. Owls are struggling to find open looks.


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HALFTIME. Stetson leads the Owls 39-30 off the backs of a 8-17 three point performance.


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Owls starting the second half hot!


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And after tweeting this, Nicholas Boyd hits his third straight layup! Owls are fighting for their lives here.


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Owls defense is (finally) starting to turn up! A pair of turnovers transitions into easy offense to bring the Owls deficit to six.

Stetson to inbound with 2:41 remaining.

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Owls defense is being taken to school here.

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FINAL. Stetson upsets FAU 78-69.

Owls couldn't hit a three nor get a rebound to save their lives. Ugly, ugly game.



UPDATED SCHEDULE: 2020-21 FAU Men's Basketball Schedule - FAU Owl's Nest

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