BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University men’s basketball team lost a hard fought game to Old Dominion 73-62 on Saturday night. The loss dropped the Owls 9-10 overall and 3-4 in Conference USA play.
Old Dominion steadily built its lead up in the first half, and held a 12-point cushion, 34-22, with 3:35 to go. FAU trimmed the margin to seven at the break, 34-27.
The Turning Point
Gerdarius Troutman hit a jumper to cut the Owls’ deficit to two, 46-44, with 12:42 left in the game. It was the third time in the half that FAU pulled to within a bucket. The Monarchs (15-4, 5-1) scored 12 unanswered points to go up 58-44. The Owls didn’t closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
- Ronald Delph scored 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for his 11th career double-double.
- Justin Massey scored 13 points and Troutman added 10 points.
- The Owls outrebounded ODU 37-29.
- The difference in the game came at the free throw line, where the ODU had 30 attempts, making 20, while the Owls took just 11 trips to the charity stripe, converting seven.
FAU Head Coach Michael Curry
“I thought our guys were aggressive, I thought we competed, I thought we trapped (well), I thought we did everything. You can’t outrebound somebody without being aggressive.”
The Owls travel to Denton for a game against North Texas on Thursday, Jan. 25. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET. Live stats will be available at fausports.com. The game will air on ESPN3. Live audio will be broadcast on ESPN 106.3 FM. In game updates will also be available at twitter.com/FAU_Hoops.