ESTERO, Fla. – A late rally propelled the Florida Atlantic University men’s basketball team to a 77-67 win over NIU at the Gulf Coast Showcase on Tuesday. The Owls evened their record at 2-2 with the victory.
FAU had a six-point lead halfway through the second half before NIU rallied to even the score at 55. The Owls scored the next five points in a row to regain the lead when the Huskies (2-2) answered with five consecutive points to level the score once again, this time at 60, setting up the dramatic finish.
With the two teams knotted at 60, FAU went on an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to seize control of the contest. The margin remained at least six points the rest of the way. The Owls scored 51 second half points in the win.
- Ronald Delph scored 19 points and tied his career high with 14 rebounds for his consecutive double-double and the eighth of his career.
- Justin Massey posted 16 points in 20 minutes off the bench.
- Anthony Adger added 15 points and Gerdarius Troutman chipped in 14, giving FAU four players in double-digit scoring. Adger also dished out five assists.
- It’s the Owls first win over a Division I opponent this season.
FAU Head Coach Michael Curry
“We were still playing jittery offensively (in the first half). We’ve got a lot of new guys. Guys are trying to help each other out and make the right plays, but they’re also trying to be aggressive, so they were kind of caught in the middle.”
FAU will wrap up play at the Gulf Coast Showcase on Wednesday, Nov. 22 against Missouri State. Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m. Links to live video and live stats will be available at fausports.com. Live audio will be available on ESPN 106.3 FM. In game updates will also be available at twitter.com/FAU_Hoops.