CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Florida Atlantic University men’s basketball team was nipped by Charlotte 85-78 in the Owls’ regular season finale on Saturday night. The loss dropped the Owls to 12-18 overall and 6-12 in Conference USA play.
The 49ers (6-23, 2-16 C-USA) scored the first four points of the game before FAU answered with an 8-0 run. From that point, the contest fell into a pattern of one team gaining momentum, followed by the other counterpunching its way back into the lead.
The Owls held a 34-30 edge with 3:25 left in the first half, but Charlotte responded by scoring 10 of the final 12 points of the frame, taking a 40-36 advantage into the halftime locker room.
FAU scored the first seven points of the second half to regain the lead, 43-40. The Owls and 49ers continued to play tug-of-war with control of the contest. Charlotte was up 58-57 at the 11 minute mark of the second half when Devorious Brown made a layup to put FAU ahead 60-59. However, the 49ers went on an 11-1 run to make the score 73-64 with less than five minutes to go. The Owls were able to pull within four points on three different occasions, but Charlotte made all 10 of its free throws over the final minute and a half to seal the win.
- Ronald Delph just missed a triple-double with 19 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks.
- Delph’s seven blocks were one shy of tying the school record for most in a game.
- Justin Massey scored eight points in each half, finishing with 16 for the night.
- Delph now has 261 rebounds this season, the fifth best single-season total in school history.
- Devorious Brown came off the bench to score eight points, grab six rebounds, nab four steals and dish out three assists.
FAU Head Coach Michael Curry
“Ronald Delph was great in the paint with seven blocked shots tonight. Will (Pfister)’s activity was good. I thought our guys were aggressive, and played with a lot of energy, especially coming off the ODU game (on Thursday).“
The Owls will advance to the Conference USA Tournament as the no. 11 seed. They will play sixth-seeded UAB on Wednesday, March 7. Tip-off is set for 10 p.m. Eastern. The game will be streamed on Facebook. A link to live stats 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.