FAU Basketball wins exhibition game over St. Thomas U


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Marquan Botley attacks the Harvard defense during a game last season. Photo by Max Jackson

Michael Curry and the FAU Basketball team played an exhibition versus St. Thomas University this afternoon. Here’s what you need to know:

CJ Turman provides much needed size on the FAU frontline. Originally committed to the University of Tennessee, Turman took minutes from forward Justin Raffington, who started the game but picked up two quick fouls.

Penn, Raffington, and the 6’9 Turman could make for a formidable defensive front as the season wears on. “Our size is going to be important,” said head coach Michael Curry. “Our big guys did a good job guarding the smaller guys.”

Three freshman will contribute for the Owls this season: Turman, Justin Massey, and Maceo Baston II.  All look to be part of the Owls regular rotation once the season is officially underway.

Massey and Baston led the team with eight and six points at the half, respectively. “It was everything that I’ve always dreamed of,” Massey said of his first collegiate game.

Massey has the makings of a solid defender, and Baston brings valued three point shooting that the team did not have last season. “We’re a brotherhood,” said Massey. “We all want to see each other succeed.”

Javier Lacunza tore his labrum last spring and showed up to today’s game in a suit and tie. (The suit and tie is a Curry requirement.) Lacunza has a hand injury, but he told coach Curry that he should be able to practice this coming Tuesday.

Curry mentioned that Lacunza will probably play the small forward position once he gets healthy. “He is a good basketball player,” Curry said. “We like his size at that position.”

FAU starts its season on Nov. 14, versus Elon. The first home game of this season is on the seventeenth, and admission is free to all FAU students with an OWL Card.