DENTON, Texas – A late rally by the Florida Atlantic University men’s basketball team came up just short, as the Owls fell to North Texas 59-53 on Thursday night. FAU is now 9-11 on the season and 3-5 in Conference USA play.
Both teams got off to a sloppy start, but the Mean Green (11-10, 4-4) led by 10, 25-15, with four minutes left in the first half. The Owls closed the half on a 9-1 run and a Ronald Delph jumper pulled FAU within two, 26-24, at the break.
The Turning Point
NT had a 34-28 lead with 14:08 to go in the game. The Owls rallied, led by Anthony Adger, who scored eight straight FAU points, including a jumper that tied the score at 43-43 with 7:43 remaining.
After Adger’s bucket evened the score, the Mean Green answered with a 7-2 run to take a 50-45 lead. The Owls got to within two after a Ronald Delph, but couldn’t get any closer and North Texas was able to hang on for the win.
- Ronald Delph scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for his 12th career double-double.
- Anthony Adger finished with 14 points, one shy of his career high.
- Gerdarius Troutman chipped in with 11 points.
- The Owls were outrebounded 43-32.
FAU Head Coach Michael Curry
“No question, the guys competed hard tonight and put themselves in a position to win.”
The Owls travel to Houston for a game against Rice on Sunday, Jan. 27. Tipoff is set for 3 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.