BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic University men’s basketball team stretched its winning streak to three games with a 75-64 victory over Charlotte on Thursday night. The Owls now possess a .500 record both overall (9-9) and in Conference USA play (3-3). It’s the latest in the season FAU has been .500 since the 2010-11 season.
Three Justin Massey three-pointers put the Owls up 10-6 early in the game. The 49ers (5-12, 1-5) trimmed the lead to one 26-25 later in the first half, but FAU answered with a dozen straight points to extend its lead to 38-25. A Charlotte dunk just before the buzzer made the score 38-27 at the half.
Charlotte was able to pull within six on three separate occasions in the second half, the final time coming with 7:26 to go in the game. The Owls scored eight unanswered points in just over three minutes to end any hopes of a 49er comeback.
- Massey scored 17 first half points as part of a team-high 19 point night.
- Amir Smith, William Pfister and Jailyn Ingram all had 11 points for FAU. The total was a season high for Smith. Pfister and Smith each had eight rebounds, while Ingram added three assists and a steal.
- Pfister snagged a career high five steals.
- As a team, FAU outrebounded Charlotte 36-31.
FAU Head Coach Michael Curry
“I thought (we) played well. I love to see our guys learn from things, that means we’re growing as a team.”
FAU junior forward Amir Smith
“I had a good week (in practice) this week. I came out everyday in practice and did what I needed to do and that definitely translated to the game.”
The Owls host Old Dominion on Saturday, Jan. 20. Tipoff is set for 2 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. For tickets, call the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS or log on to fausports.com.