FAU Men’s Basketball loses to Harvard 71-49

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Freshman guard Justin Massey scored 17 points in the loss to Harvard on Nov. 17. Photo by Max Jackson

Freshman guard Justin Massey scored 17 points in the loss to Harvard on Nov. 17. Photo by Max Jackson

The Florida Atlantic Owls (1-2) were unable to get the second win of head coach Michael Curry’s career, falling to the Harvard Crimson 71-49 on Thursday night.

Harvard (2-1) looked to rebound after a one point loss to Holy Cross that knocked them out of the top 25 rankings and they brought that fire to the game tonight, taking over the game early. Here’s what you need to know from tonight’s game.

Owls started the game on a hot streak in the first half, but they ended the half cold. The Owls started the game off well, with an 11-4 run. This momentum did not last, as Harvard quickly stormed back in the 14:37 remaining in the half. Harvard went on a 34-9 run, leading to a 38-20 halftime lead for the Crimson. The swing of momentum kept the Owls at a distance the rest of the game.

The Owls produced fouls and turnovers aplenty. FAU had 19 fouls on the night, including four for forward Kelvin Penn and three for center C.J. Turman and guard Justin Massey. Penn’s foul trouble was a major reason the Owls slowed down during the game, as he was a physical defender for FAU with his two blocks. The Owls also ended the game with 13 turnovers, their third game in a row with double digit turnovers. Center Justin Raffington, guard Jackson Trapp, Guard Marquan Botley, and D’Andre Johnson each had three turnovers.

Marquan Botley and Justin Massey led the FAU scoring. Massey scored 17 points on the night, the most of his career, while Marquan Botley had 12. FAU’s leading scorer on the season Jackson Trapp struggled, ending the game two-of-nine from the field for a total of four points.

Harvard’s big men were a big problem for the Owls’ offense, who were constantly under pressure from Harvard’s defense.  Harvard ended the night with eight blocks, Including three from forward Steve Moundou-Missi and two from center Kenyatta Smith and guard Agunwa Okolie. Harvard outrebounded FAU 37-23, making it hard for FAU to keep possession and get things moving in their direction.

The Owls will look to improve from their early season performances, as they will play the Georgia Bulldogs on November 23.