Men’s basketball: Owls lose fifth straight 75-44 to the UAB Blazers in conference home opener

Three of the team’s five consecutive losses have been by over 30 points.


FAU junior forward Amir Smith (32) attempts to block Bethune-Cookman’s Ulmer Manzie (32) from scoring a two pointer during the Owls Dec. 2 win over the Wildcats. Joshua Giron | Contributing Photographer

Matt Brown, Contributing Writer

With its 75-44 loss to the UAB Blazers in its conference home opener Thursday night, FAU men’s basketball extends its losing streak to a season-long five straight games.

The streak is the worst for the Owls (6-8, 0-2 Conference USA) since losing six straight back in the 2015-2016 season from Feb. 13 to March 5. Three of the team’s last five losses have come by 30 or more points.

The Blazers (10-5, 1-1 C-USA) earn their first win in conference play and sixth overall in the past eight games.

The Blazers shot 54.4 percent overall and 50 percent from three for the game, while the Owls were held to shooting 29.5 percent overall. FAU made just three of its 23 three point attempts, at a rate of just 13 percent.

No FAU players had point totals in the double digits.

The Owls were led by redshirt senior center Ronald Delph, who tied the team high in scoring with eight points along with a team-high 10 rebounds.

Sophomore forward Jailyn Ingram had six points along with six boards and a team-high four assists.

The Blazers were led by forward Chris Cokley, who scored a game-high 24 points on 64 percent shooting. He also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

Guard Zack Bryant scored 11 points on 63 percent shooting. He also grabbed three boards and dished out a game-high five assists.

The Owls next game is at home on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 5:00 p.m. against Middle Tennessee.

Matt Brown is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @mattyb407.