SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - (Jan. 13, 2018) – For the second game in a row, the Florida Atlantic men’s basketball team rode the hot second half shooting from a senior guard to a victory. This time, it was Gerdarius Troutman, who scored 16 of his 19 points after halftime to help the Owls to a 73-69 win over UTSA on Saturday.
FAU (8-9, 2-3 Conference USA) got out to a fast start, doubling up the Roadrunners (9-10, 2-4) 20-10 less than eight minutes into the game. UTSA rallied to take a 33-28 lead at the 3:00 mark of the first half. From that point, neither team had a lead larger than six points the rest of the game.
That six-point lead belonged to the Owls, 59-53, with five and a half minutes to go in the contest. UTSA managed to tie the score at 61. Ronald Delph’s layup capped a run of him scoring nine straight FAU points to put the Owls up 68-66 with 1:33 on the clock. The Roadrunners hit a three-pointer to take a one-point lead just 12 seconds later. After two empty possessions each for both teams, Troutman hit his fourth three-pointer of the half to give FAU a 71-69 lead with nine seconds left. FAU forced another UTSA turnover, then Troutman hit a pair of free throws to seal the win.
- Troutman had four rebounds to go along with his 19 points.
- Ronald Delph finished just shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds.
- Justin Massey tallied 14 points and three rebounds.
- Jailyn Ingram scored 13 points.
- Payton Hulsey had seven points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals.
- FAU committed a season low five turnovers in the win.
FAU Head Coach Michael Curry
“This was a great test because this is the hardest travel (in the conference), coming from UTEP and playing the early game here.”
The Owls return home to host Charlotte on Thursday, Jan. 18. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Live stats and live video will be available at fausports.com. Live audio will be broadcast on ESPN 106.3 FM. In game updates will also be available at twitter.com/FAU_Hoops.