Owls lose to UTSA, split Texas road trip

Wesley Wright

Pablo Bertone attempts a free throw as his teammate Marquan Botley looks on. Bertone and Botley combined for 36 of the 63 FAU points on the night. Photo by Max Jackson
Pablo Bertone attempts a free throw in a game against Middle Tennessee State on Feb. 6. Bertone scored 16 points against UTSA on Feb. 15. Photo by Max Jackson

The Florida Atlantic Owls (10-16) lost 66-56 to the Roadrunners of Texas-San Antonio (8-16) in a homecoming game for FAU guards Tyler Pate and Marquan Botley.

Offensively, the Owls were absolutely awful in the first half. They made only five of their first 27 shots and they shot 1-13 from the 3-point line (including eight consecutive misses to begin the game).

FAU guard Pablo Bertone made the first 3-pointer of the game for the Owls with five minutes remaining in the half. Bertone scored seven points in the first half.

A 13-0 run to end the second half put UTSA up 28-16 at halftime. The 16 points managed by the Owls is a season low.

FAU looked a bit better to start the second half, scoring on each of their first two possessions. The fluidity was short lived, however, and the abysmal offensive night continued all the way through the second half.

UTSA ran their offense from the inside out, finding a way to yield enough points to keep FAU at bay. In the later stages of the game, FAU guard Jackson Trapp hit two 3-pointers to bring FAU within four points.

UTSA stretched the lead back to eight points and after a few free throws, the game ended 66-56 in favor of the Roadrunners.

FAU shot just 30 percent from the field, and 56 points is the third-lowest output of the year. Bertone scored 16 points for the game and Botley added 12. The loss drops FAU to 1-2 this year versus teams based in Texas.

Wesley Wright is the Sports Editor of the University Press. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @NotEvenWes.