Men’s basketball: FAU fails to overcome poor shooting in loss to UAB

The Owls only shot 34 percent from the field.


Junior Ronald Delph scored 12 points to go along with six rebounds in the Owls loss to UAB. Photo by Mohammed F. Emran

Hans Belot Jr., Sports Editor

Florida Atlantic men’s basketball was unable to overcome a tough shooting night in Birmingham, Alabama on Thursday night, falling 79-59 to the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

The Owls (10-18, 6-11 Conference USA) shot 34 percent from the field for the game, including just 6-of-24 from three-point territory. Senior Adonis Filer led the Owls with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting.

FAU started the game just 4-of-12 from the field and found itself in a 14-point deficit in the first eight minutes of the game. However, after trailing by 18 points with 6:18 left in the first half, the Owls went on an 11-0 run over the next three minutes, cutting the lead to 32-25.

FAU would eventually trail 42-33 heading into the locker room. Filer had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting to lead the Owls at the break.

The Owls were never able to get closer to nine points in the second half. UAB closed the game on a 22-11 run.

Blazers junior Chris Cokley led all scorers with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting. UAB shot 57 percent from the field for the game.

FAU will close out its season at Middle Tennessee on Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m. at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Hans Belot Jr. is the sports editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him at @Don_Phenom_.