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FAU Football Recruit Recap: Korel Smith

FAU Football Recruit Recap: Korel Smith

Brendan Feeney, Sports Editor
February 10, 2016
Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Defensive back Korel Smith has been tied to Florida Atlantic since before he was ever recruited. His two older sisters, Shavonne Adams and KaJanee’ Smith, attended Florida Atlantic. Adams graduated in 2013 as an art major, while Smith is currently a junior majoring in psychology. “[I was] familiar with the campus and I always had [FAU] as my No. 1 choice since 10th grade,” said Smith. “When my first sister went to FAU, she wanted me to go to the [football] game. Ever since then, I been coming to the FAU games.” In his sophomore year of high school, Smith recollects a class assignment where he had to state what colleges he wanted to attend. FAU topped his list.

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Women’s Basketball Preview: Owls Travel to Texas to Visit UTSA and First Place UTEP

Women’s Basketball Preview: Owls Travel to Texas to Visit UTSA and First Place UTEP

Chris Libreros, Contributing Writer
February 9, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Florida Atlantic Women’s basketball team is headed on a Texas road trip this week to take on the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners and the University of Texas at El Paso Miners. FAU (11-11, 3-8 C-USA) is currently in its second four-game losing streak of the season, and is looking to bounce back from a tough 67-62 loss at home to the University of Alabama-Birmingham last Saturday. Here’s a look at what to keep your eye on for this week’s matchups.

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Men’s Basketball Preview: FAU hosts a pair of Texas universities while looking to snap its two-game losing streak

Men’s Basketball Preview: FAU hosts a pair of Texas universities while looking to snap its two-game losing streak

Hans Belot Jr., Contributing Writer
February 9, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

After losing both games last week, including its worst loss of the season against conference leading University of Alabama-Birmingham, Florida Atlantic men’s basketball lost three of its last four games and has dropped to the bottom-third of the conference standings. This week, the Owls (6-18, 4-7 Conference USA) will host a pair of Texas universities in the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners (4-20, 2-9 Conference USA) on Thursday Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. and the University of Texas at El Paso Miners (13-11, 5-6 Conference USA) on Saturday Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. Here's what you need to know for both matchups:

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Ice Hockey: Owls dominate Florida Tech in late night matchup to finish season strong

Ice Hockey: Owls dominate Florida Tech in late night matchup to finish season strong

Hilary Webber, Contributing Writer
February 9, 2016
Filed under Sports, Top Stories

he thrill of the biggest win of the season against the Florida Institute of Technology Panthers on Feb. 6 was a much needed boost for Florida Atlantic University’s ice hockey club, which spent a disappointing weekend in Brandon, Florida, facing off with the Tampa University Spartans in two back-to-back games. The Spartans netted two victories over the Owls, beating them 10-2 in a Jan. 21 game and 11-1 the day after. Saturday’s efforts, however, proved to be a success as the Owls dominated the Florida Institute of Technology Panthers in an 8-3 win. The FAU Owls are led by coach Scott Grosky — now in his ninth year with the team — and Peter Worrell, a former NHL Florida Panther. Worrell could be seen shouting encouragement from the bench as the Owls went up against the FIT Panthers in one of this year’s latest games, a 10:45 p.m. matchup at the Space Coast Iceplex in Rockledge, Florida.

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FAU Football Recruit Recap: Steven Frank

FAU Football Recruit Recap: Steven Frank

Brendan Feeney, Sports Editor
February 8, 2016
Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Part one of our weekly series highlighting each of the 19 players that signed with FAU on National Signing Day

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Gallery: Women’s Basketball v. University of Alabama at Birmingham

Gallery: Women’s Basketball v. University of Alabama at Birmingham

Mohammed F Emran and Jonathan Scott
February 7, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Galleries

Mohammed F. Emran | Staff Photographer Sophomore forward Sasha Cedeno (15) attempts a 3-point shot during the Owls’ 67-62 loss to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Saturday. Mohammed F. Emran | Staff Photographer Owls’ guard Nika Zyryanova (33) sets up a pick while teammate Kat Wrig... Read more »

Men’s Basketball: Shorthanded FAU struggles on the road against Conference USA’s first place UAB Blazers

Men’s Basketball: Shorthanded FAU struggles on the road against Conference USA’s first place UAB Blazers

Chris Libreros, Contributing Writer
February 7, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Technical fouls became a common occurrence for both teams after tensions ran high for a frustrated Florida Atlantic team that was in the midst of being handed its largest defeat of the season, in a one-sided 67-104 Saturday night loss. Things escalated at the midway point of the second half when University of Alabama at Birmingham guard Tyler Madison and Florida Atlantic guard Solomon Poole traded dunks that led to an exchange of words between Poole and Blazers’ forward Tosin Mehinti, earning the two players a technical foul. Florida Atlantic (6-18, 4-7 C-USA) was the major underdog entering Saturday's matchup against Conference USA’s first place UAB Blazers (20-4,10-1 C-USA).

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Women’s Basketball: The Owls pick up their fourth straight loss against the UAB Blazers

Women’s Basketball: The Owls pick up their fourth straight loss against the UAB Blazers

Tory Fernandez, Contributing Writer
February 7, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Florida Atlantic women’s basketball picked up its fourth straight loss Saturday night against the University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazers by a score of 67-62. The Owls (11-11, 3-8 Conference USA) gave up the lead for the first time in the game in the second quarter, and allowed the Blazers (11-11, 3-8 Conference USA) to get out to an eight-point lead by the end of the third quarter. “We have to play better, we have to stop letting teams shoot over 45 percent from the field against us, and in turn we have to shoot better than 35 percent,” head women's basketball coach Kellie Lewis-Jay said. “[Today] was a combination of bad shooting and not playing good defense.”

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Gallery: Women’s Basketball v. Middle Tennessee

Gallery: Women’s Basketball v. Middle Tennessee

Mohammed Emran, Staff Photographer
February 5, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Galleries

Mohammed F. Emran | Staff Photographer Before the start of the game against MTSU,members of the women’s basketball team huddle together. FAU lost to MTSU Thursday night, 83-73.   Mohammed F. Emran | Staff Photographer Sophomore forward Sasha Cedeno (15) makes a three-point s... Read more »

Men’s basketball: Second half run falls short of overcoming early deficit in loss versus Middle Tennessee

Men’s basketball: Second half run falls short of overcoming early deficit in loss versus Middle Tennessee

Chris Libreros, Contributing Writer
February 5, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

In its first matchup of the season, Florida Atlantic men’s basketball got a first hand look at what makes the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders one of the top teams in the conference during Thursday night’s 85-73 loss. FAU (6-17, 4-6 C-USA) led early on in the game for the first minute and a half before a Jacob Ivory layup gave MTSU (16-6, 8-2 C-USA) a 7-5 lead that the Blue Raiders never surrendered, en route to their 16th win of the season. FAU’s first half made what was already a formidable opponent even more dangerous by turning the ball over nine times and giving up 11 offensive rebounds to MTSU in the first half. This was only two rebounds shy of tying the Owls’ 13 total rebounds in the same half. Florida Atlantic trailed at the half 32-45.

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Women’s basketball: Middle Tennessee takes over paint in third straight loss

Women’s basketball: Middle Tennessee takes over paint in third straight loss

Ryan Lynch, Multimedia Editor
February 5, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Thursday was a tale of two very distinct shooting performances between Florida Atlantic women’s basketball and Middle Tennessee State University, as the Blue Raiders were able to turn a good offensive night into a 83-73 win. Taking over the inside of the FAU paint for much of the game, the Blue Raiders managed to score 38 points when they were close to the basket. Led by guard Brea Edwards, who had a 23-point night, four Blue Raiders registered double-digit scoring totals. “They’ve got talented post players. They're strong, they're physical and if you don't get in the right position they're going to bury you down low,” head coach Kellie Lewis-Jay said. “ I don't think we did a good job obviously of playing post defense, of limiting their touches. When we doubled teamed, it was late. We didn't necessarily take them out of anything they wanted to do.”

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Football: National Signing Day Recap 2016 and Recruit Map

Football: National Signing Day Recap 2016 and Recruit Map

Brendan Feeney, Sports Editor
February 3, 2016
Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Florida Atlantic football capped up its 2016 National Signing Day Wednesday with 19 signed incoming freshmen. According to head coach Charlie Partridge, over half the class has won district champions and three players have been in state championship games. More than half of the players were high school captains and have been all-state football players during their career. “You’re talking about leaders and winners,” Partridge said.

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