In the second to last game of the season, the Owls were defeated by two points to Southern Miss by a score of 68-66. This was a tough game for the Owls, as they have now lost three straight to Southern Miss.
Forward Jailyn Ingram led the team with 21 points and eight rebounds. Center Aleksandar Zecevic also scored 12 before he fouled out with 1:33 left in the game. Zecevic was not the only one to foul out, as Karlis Silins fouled out with less than ten seconds to go in the game.
The Owls took the lead with 16:21 to go in the first half, en route to a 9-0 run. FAU maintained the lead until Southern Miss tied it up with 9:13 left in the first half.
The largest lead for the Owls was seven, but the largest lead for Southern Miss was eight.
Throughout most of the first half, the Owls maintained the lead, but Southern Miss kept it close. At the end of the first half, FAU led 33-31. FAU scored 16 points in the paint in the first half.
FAU forced 16 turnovers throughout the game and turned the ball over 11 times. They struggled in the second half, as the team committed 17 fouls.
Southern Miss started the second half quickly as they took their first lead since the first half with 17:45 left in the game. From there, FAU tried to keep the game close, but it was not enough. Southern Miss was 15 of 22 from the free-throw line, which helped them win over FAU.
This was just the fourth win in conference play for Southern Miss, as LaDavius Draine, guard, led their team in scoring with 16.
FAU (14-12, 6-7 C-USA) is looking to finish their season in C-USA play with a .500 record for the first time. Their last game will be against the LA Tech Bulldogs at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, Louisiana on Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN+.
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