FAU men’s basketball: Owls end regular season on 81-68 loss to Louisiana Tech

This is the Owls’ fourth straight loss and eighth in C-USA play.

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Guard Corneliuis Taylor scored 13 points in the loss against LA Tech. Photo taken on Jan. 30 by Alex Liscio.

Richard Pereira, Contributing Writer

In their last game of the season Saturday afternoon, the Owls lost 81-68 to Louisiana Tech. This marked the continuation of their losing streak, which has extended to four games.

Forward Jailyn Ingram led the Owls with a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Guard Cornelius Taylor and forward Karlis Silins both scored 13 points each while guard Richardson Maitre scored 11 in an otherwise frustrating afternoon for the Owls.

The first half started rough for the Owls. LA Tech started on a 12-3 run in the first four minutes of the game. After a small run by the Owls to cut the lead to six with the score being 19-13, LA Tech would take over the rest of the half going on a 24-11 run to end the half. The Owls, meanwhile, failed to convert their first 11 three-point attempts until Jailyn Ingram made their first with 16 seconds remaining in the half.

Despite improvements in the Owls’ shooting in the second half, they could not contain the offense LA Tech played with for the entire half. There was a point when the Owls were down by 25 points with 9:24 to go in the game.

At the cost of the Owls’ shooting struggles, they just could not keep up with the energy LA Tech had for the entire game. FAU never led throughout the game as the biggest lead LA Tech had was 25 points.

The Owls had a bad shooting afternoon overall, only going 21-62 from the field and 7-27 from the three-point line. Free throws were the only bright spot for the Owls offensively, managing to shoot 19-23 from the stripe.

The turnover battle was in LA Tech’s favor, 12-8. The shooting efficiency from LA Tech won them the game, shooting 31-65 from the field and 9-25 from three.

This win for LA Tech is their tenth in C-USA play as their player of the game, guard Kaleb Ledoux, came off the bench producing 24 points and five rebounds as he led the game in scoring.

FAU ends the regular season in conference play with an overall record of 14-13, 6-8 C-USA. Their first game in Group 2 Bonus Play will be on Feb. 22 when they’ll face the UAB Blazers at home. 

Richard Pereira is a contributing writer for the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @Richard042601.