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Men’s basketball: Owls can’t tame Bulldogs, lose third straight

FAU had won three consecutive games prior to its current losing streak.

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Junior Gerdarius Troutman scored a team-high 13 points in the Owls loss at Louisiana Tech on Thursday. Alexander Rodriguez | Contributing Photographer

Junior Gerdarius Troutman scored a team-high 13 points in the Owls loss at Louisiana Tech on Thursday. Alexander Rodriguez | Contributing Photographer

Junior Gerdarius Troutman scored a team-high 13 points in the Owls loss at Louisiana Tech on Thursday. Alexander Rodriguez | Contributing Photographer

Brendan Feeney, Managing Editor

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Florida Atlantic men’s basketball lost at Louisiana Tech 95-69 on Thursday night, picking up its third straight loss to follow up its first three-game winning streak in over two years.

The Owls (8-16, 4-9 Conference USA) led by three with 6:34 remaining in the first half, before the Bulldogs (19-8, 11-3 Conference USA) reeled off a 12-0 run. Louisiana Tech carried a 45-35 lead into halftime.

FAU’s fortunes did not change for the better after the intermission, as the Bulldogs scored 28 of the half’s first 39 points to stretch their lead to 73-47. The Owls scratched back and closed the deficit to 17 points, but then surrendered a 15-0 run.

The Bulldogs beat the Owls in several facets of the game beyond the scoreboard. They forced nine more turnovers, their bench scored 27 more points than the FAU’s bench and they made 20 foul shots, while the Owls only attempted nine.

Freshman Jalen Harris and junior Jacobi Boykins finished with 40 combined points for the Bulldogs. Three others scored at least 10 points, and as a team they made 57 percent of their shots from the field and 54 percent from three.

FAU junior Gerdarius Troutman scored 11 points in the first half, but only finished with a total of 13. Freshman Jailyn Ingram and sophomore Jeantal Cylla and added 12 and 11 respectively.

The Owls will travel to Southern Miss for their next matchup on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 5 p.m.

Brendan Feeney is the managing editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email brendanrfeeney@gmail.com or tweet him @feeney42.

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