FAU men’s basketball team defeats UIC, advances to Hall of Fame Championship game

As part of the Boca Beach Classic, FAU beat the Flames, 71-70, and the turning point came in the last 30 seconds of the game.


FAU as a whole shot 68.2% from the free throw line Sunday night against the UIC Flames. Photo by: Alex Liscio.

Colby Guy, Contributing Writer

The FAU men’s basketball team stays undefeated at home, as they defeated the University of Illinois at Chicago Flames by a score of 71-70 Sunday night. 


The Owls were able to claim victory with a free throw from Karlis Silins, who was fouled on a putback attempt with 0.4 seconds left in the ball game.


This was a back and forth affair that came down to the wire, as both teams weren’t giving each other much room for error throughout the game.


The teams were neck and neck up until the end of the first half, where UIC came out on top 37-35.


FAU then went on a 12-point run near the beginning of the second frame, where the Owls went up 53-43 with 15:17 to go in the half.


The Flames then strung together a run of their own, as they claimed a 56-55 lead with 10:30 to go.


The two teams traded buckets for the next ten minutes until Jailyn Ingram hit a clutch three-pointer to tie the game at 70 with just over a minute to go.


The Owls were then able to get the ball back with 30 seconds left in the game, which happened to be the turning point.


Graduate transfer Cornelius Taylor stood out for the Owls Sunday, leading FAU in the game with 19 points.


Jailyn Ingram also added 10 points, including his game-tying three-pointer.


FAU has been able to recover from their loss to Florida Gulf Coast University by winning two games in a row as they look to win their third tomorrow. 


The Owls now move to 4-3 on the season, claiming all four of their wins at home, as they will face off against St. Bonaventure University in the Hall of Fame Bracket title game in the Boca Beach Classic at Abessinio Court at FAU Arena. 

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