HUNTINGTON, W.V. – A 16-4 second half Marshall run was the difference in the Florida Atlantic University men’s basketball team’s 79-68 loss on Saturday night. The Owls are now 10-15 overall and 4-9 in C-USA play.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, but Marshall (17-8, 8-4) was able maintain a narrow lead most of the way. After a Ronald Delph dunk put the Owls up 21-19 at the 6:42 mark of the first half, the Thundering Herd scored seven in a row to regain the advantage, 27-21. Marshall’s edge was five at the half, 33-28.
For most of the second half, the game fell into a pattern of FAU whittling the deficit down to within a basket, with the Herd immediately responding with a couple of scores in a row to reestablish control. Gerdarius Troutman hit his second three-pointer of the game to tie the score at 55-55 with 13 minutes left in their game. It was at that point that Marshall went on their decisive run to seal the win.
- Ronald Delph had 21 points to lead the Owls. It was his third 20-point game in the last six contests. He is now tied with Troutman and Justin Massey for most 20-point games this season.
- Delph had 11 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. He passed Robert Williams for fourth place in program history with 585 career rebounds.
- Justin Massey added 12 points.
- William Pfister had 14 rebounds. It was his third double-digit rebounding game of the season.
- Payton Hulsey scored six points, dished out six assists, pulled down five rebounds and had two steals.
FAU Head Coach Michael Curry
“We love our guys’ effort and we love our guys’ focus. We changed from pounding in the interior against (WKU) to come and play an uptempo game against Marshall. I was pleased with our guys.”
The Owls return to Boca Raton for their final three home games of the season, beginning on Saturday, Feb. 17 against FIU. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. A link to live stats and live video will be available at fausports.com. Fans can hear the game on ESPN 106.3 and live in-game updates will be available at the team’s official Twitter account, @FAU_Hoops. For tickets, log on to FAUSports.com.