Athletics News

FAU Basketball Takeover

Jan. 22, 2013

The Owls had back to back basketball games last weekend against the North Texas Mean Green. I had just started working basketball games, assisting with social media alerts, the Thursday prior when the men's basketball team took on Troy. I was excited to work the two games on Saturday, especially with all the hype being built around the men's game against North Texas.

FAU's women's team played during the day, winning 79-67. It was the men's game at night however that drew in a huge crowd. I had attended a couple of men's basketball games earlier in the season but I had not seen crowd attendance this high. Part of the excitement came from the super hero dress up contest where a winner from the crowd received a free iPad mini. Spiderman, a Dragon, and a team of FAU Owl Superwomen were all in attendance competing for the grand prize.

While most of the crowd was cheering for Florida Atlantic, there wasn't any doubt that many showed up to see the performance of Tony Mitchell of North Texas. Mitchell is projected to be the No. 14 pick in round 1 of the 2013 NBA Draft. The crowd was out of their seats for most of the game with exhilarating plays like Mitchell's dunking off an alley-oop and FAU's Greg Gantt'smultiple 3-pointers that contributed to his 22 total points. In fact, Gantt now sits No. 3 in the nation in scoring average.

The highly anticipated match up also attracted a celebrity to the crowd. New York Yankees legend Paul O'Neill was in The Burrow to watch the game. Him and his family sat in a suite on the second floor of the arena to watch FAU head coach and longtime friend Mike Jarvislead the Owls against the Mean Green.

FAU's women's basketball returns home on Wednesday, January 30 at 7 p.m. and the men's team plays on Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m., both hosting ULM. Be sure to come to The Burrow to support your Owls!

Jena LaMendola

C-USA Unbridled Ambition Learfield