SERIES THREAD: FAU vs FIU - January 14 & 16, 2021
Owls lead by one with five seconds left.
OWLS WIN! | #FAU beats #FIU 81-79— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) January 15, 2021
What a GUTSY win by @CoachDustyMay's Owls over rival FIU. FAU improves to 6-6 on the season, 1-2 in #CUSA play.@2easyJ_ with a game-high 24 points & 9 rebounds! 💥💥
WELL DONE OWLS! 👏👏
NEXT: vs. FIU, Sat 1/16 @ 4PM #GoOwls 👌 pic.twitter.com/foiDT3qbiX
UPDATED SCHEDULE: 2020-21 FAU Men's Basketball Schedule - FAU Owl's Nest
Here are tonight's Quick Hits from the thrilling 81-79 upset over the Panthers.
- Dominating the Glass was FAU's goal tonight, an easier task to accomplish with FIU center Osasumwen Osaghae no longer with the program. The Owls won the battle on the boards 46-23.
- Second Chance Points allowed FAU to keep up with the Panther's impressive three-point shooting. The Owls had 22 second-chance points off of 17 offensive rebounds. The offensive rebounds equalized a season-high vs. a DI opponent, previously set on 12/7 vs. UNF.
- The Ingram Show continues. Off the back of a double-double out last Saturday, the star forward finishes with 14 points and 9 rebounds. After the game, the redshirt junior talked about facing rival FIU one last time in a couple days in front of Owl Nation, "I just want to thank everybody for staying behind me and being loyal. I want to go out with a bang."
- Blackshear's Bounce Back will not be noticeable on the statsheet, especially after missing his first three shots. Nevertheless, a clutch three pointer immediately followed up by a smooth layup, both coming via second-chance attempts in the second half, helped put the Owls ahead for good. Add a pair of free throws late, and the talented guard from Orlando finally has some much-needed confidence going his way.
- The Unsung Heroes were lead Everett Winchester, who notches his best performance of the season after battling a knee injury. He scored 10 points and collected 9 rebounds. Many of those points came from hard earned lay-ups as the FIU defense hacked their way at his drive attempts, often without a foul being called. Michael Forrest, BJ Greenlee, and Nick Boyd all had impressive outings as well, scoring 11, 11, and 8 points, respectively. Boyd, a true freshman, proved the Owls were up to the task with a pair of gutsy three-pointers midway through the second half.
- Dusty May was noticeably proud of how his team responded upon returning to Florida amidst a three-game skid. "James Madison was disappointing because we didn't fight," May said, reflecting on the his team's trip to Virginia. "Old Dominion, to be honest we were disappointed we didn't win. But we felt like we played really good basketball at times… we could sense things were going in the right direction."
- Chiropractor Needed was the message from Dusty May after being sandwiched between the advertising boards and Winchester. FIU guard Antonio Daye tackled Winchester into May in a foul attempt following an FAU inbound with five seconds left. "I told Daye that I'm going to send him my chiropractor bill," May joked. "But I'm more confused about how that only look .2 seconds off the clock." In the end, no harm was done to May's back nor the Owls' lead.
NEXT: FAU returns to The Burrow for their first home game against a Division I opponent of the 2020-2021 season. The Owls will host FIU on Saturday, January 16, with the opening tip coming at 4 p.m.
owlmart saidFun game to watch, glad I didn't blow it for the team. Always good to beat FIUPosted On: Jan 15th 2021, 12:10 AM
Definitely the most entertaining game of the season!