TAMPA, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic University men’s basketball team opened its 2017-18 regular season in disappointing fashion, falling 60-59 to USF on Friday night.
The Turning Point
USF (1-0) led 33-22 with less than two minutes less to go in the first half. From that point, FAU went on a 16-2 run over the next 6:37 to take a 38-35 lead at the 16:55 mark. The Bulls regained the lead and stretched it to seven. The Owls again rallied to the game at 49 with 7:37 left, setting up the dramatic finish.
A Ronald Delph putback made the score 59-56 in the Owls’ favor, with 80 seconds left to play. FAU didn’t score for the rest of the game and a Stephan Jiggetts jumper regained the advantage for USF with 12 ticks remaining. The Owls got a look at a three-pointer just before the buzzer, but it came up short.
- Ronald Delph had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the Owls in both categories.
- Payton Hulsey came off the bench and scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists.
- As a team, the Owls outrebounded USF 41-34 and FAU’s reserves outscored their counterparts 31-12.
The Owls open their home schedule on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. when they host Edward Waters. It will be A.D. Henderson Elementary School Day at FAU Arena. Live stats and live video of the game will be available at fausports.com. Live audio will be available on ESPN 106.3 FM.