Men’s Basketball: Season in Review 2017-2018

The team finished the season with their best record as a member of Conference USA


FAU redshirt senior center Ronald Delph (33) looks around for a pass while being guarded by a Edward Waters player during the Owls Nov. 16 game versus the Tigers. Joshua Giron | Staff Photographer

Matt Brown, Contributing Writer

FAU Men’s basketball season came to an end with an 83-72 loss to UAB in the first round of the C-USA tournament back on March 7.

Despite posting their best record in his four seasons, former head coach Michael Curry was fired shortly after the season was over. He posted an overall record of 39-84 in his four seasons at the helm.

The Owls (12-19, 6-12 C-USA) ended their season on a three-game losing streak and lost eight of their last 10 games.

Their offense averaged over 69 points a game, just 12th best in the fourteen-team conference. Their defense held teams to just 70.1 points per game, good enough for fourth best.

They grabbed an average of 38.5 offensive rebounds per game, led by redshirt senior Ronald Delph who averaged 8.7 total rebounds per game, second best in conference.

Delph grabbed 270 boards this season, the third highest single season total in program history. He finished his career with 636 rebounds, third most in school history.

The third team All C-USA honoree also blocked an average of two shots per game, third best in the conference. His 168 total career blocks are also third most in school history.

Senior guard Justin Massey was the second leading scorer on the team, averaging 13.8 points per game.

He along with senior guard Gerdarius Troutman made 75 three pointers this season. That is the seventh best single-season total in program history.

Troutman also ended his career as an Owl with a 42 percent career three point percentage, third best in school history.

One week after firing Curry, new athletic director Brian White named Dusty May as the new head coach, his first head coaching position after spending over 20 years as a collegiate assistant coach. He spent the previous three seasons as an assistant at the University of Florida, where he helped lead the Gators to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances and a 69-37 record overall.

He has also spent at Louisiana Tech, UAB, Murray State, and Eastern Michigan.May has to replace four of his five starters along with four of its five leading scorers.

May has signed a five-year contract, whose terms have not been released.

The University Press made a public records request on the official terms of May’s five-year deal but did not receive a response as of publication time.  

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