NORFOLK, Va. - A valiant second half rally by the Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team came up just short in a 69-64 loss to Old Dominion on Thursday. The loss drops the Owls to 12-17 overall and 6-11 in Conference USA play.
The Monarchs' (23-6, 14-3) built a 16-point lead in the first half, helped by holding the Owls to just six field goals through the game's first 20 minutes. That sixth field goal was a Ronald Delph jumper that cut the margin to 14 at the break.
FAU rallied to begin the second half and Jailyn Ingram converted a three-point play to give the Owls a 40-39 lead with 11:36 to go in the game. ODU responded with 20-8 run to reestablish a double-digit advantage, 59-48, with under five minutes remaining.
Justin Massey and Ronald Delph combined for the Owls' next dozen points, to trim the deficit to two at 63-61, but ODU scored the next six points to seal the win. Payton Hulsey hit a three-pointer just before the buzzer to account for the final score.
- Justin Massey scored 21 of his team high 25 points in the second half.
- Ronald Delph finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season.
- With those dozen boards, Delph is now tied with Mike Bell for the ninth highest single season total in FAU history at 252.
- Jailyn Ingram had nine points, seven rebounds and two assists.
FAU Head Coach Michael Curry
"I thought in the first half (ODU was) really physical with us, I thought we did a good job of being physical too, we just didn't score."
On the team's second half...
"I thought Ronald played well, I thought Massey came out aggressive. They did a good job of bringing us back."
The Owls wrap up the regular season on Saturday, March 3 at Charlotte. Tip-off is set for 7:30 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 to the C-USA tournament, log on to FAUSports.com.