Marquan Botley’s 21 not enough for Owls to beat UNT, lose 79-72


Jackson Trapp scored 10 points in the Owls’ loss in Feb. 19. Photo by Max Jackson

Josue Simplice, Sports Editor

The Florida Atlantic University Owls (8-16, 1-12 in Conference USA) lost their eighth straight game of the season against the University of North Texas Mean Green 79-72, keeping them at last place in the conference.

North Texas (12-13, 6-7 in Conference USA) went on a 11-2 run to finish out the first half giving them a 38-31 lead.

Forward Colin Voss led the way for the Mean Green with 12 points. He was a perfect 3-of-3 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the first period. He had 22 points and seven rebounds for the game.

“He did everything that we saw he did on tape,” said head coach Michael Curry about Voss’ play. “Wish he would’ve did something different.”

North Texas also shot a blistering 68 percent making many difficult shots in the process. For the game, they shot 63 percent.

“We’ve been getting torched on the interior we haven’t done a good job defending guys. Our interior defense hasn’t been nearly as good as it needs to be,” said Curry about his teams defensive performance.

Sophomore guard Marquan Botley led the way for the Owls in the second half scoring 14 points in the period. He also distributed the ball well for FAU dishing out eight assists in the process.

“Basically since the Middle game [Middle Tennessee Game] he’s been playing great,” said Curry about Botley’s performance.

The Mean Green’s lead ballooned to 15 with about nine minutes left in the second half. The Owls fought back to bring it within five points with about four minutes to go, but could not retake the lead.

“Up to this point we look at our results and say that we have to work even harder,” said Curry.

Up next for the Owls is a home game against the Rice Owls on Feb.  21.

Josue Simplice is the Sports editor at the University Press. He can be reached at @josuesimplice on Twitter or at [email protected].