Men’s basketball: Owls win first game in bonus play to UAB Blazers, 65-58

This is the Owls’ seventh conference win of the season.

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Guard Richardson Maitre led the Owls in scoring with 15 points in the win against UAB. Photo taken by Alex Liscio on Jan. 18.

Brianna Smith, Contributing Writer

The Owls finally broke their streak of four consecutive losses on Saturday when they beat UAB 65-58. In one of their final home games this season, the Owls played an unwavering game versus the Blazers. Having played this team earlier this season, the Owls’ progress since then was evident.

FAU’s past few games were tough, falling short to their opposing teams. Their previous game was a loss against LA tech.

The Owls played a great offensive game and knew what they had to do in order to execute the plays effectively. Maitre managed his position well, as he knew how to create plays that will ensure baskets for the team. He finished the game with a total of 15 points.

“I also think it was a great thing for us to go through that losing streak because, you know, we’re starting to find ourselves as a team because of that,” said Maitre. “It’s like coach [Dusty] May said, it’s through moments like this that you go through, you recognize what type of person you are.”

Junior Jailyn Ingram put up 12 points, while alongside him, freshman Kenan Blackshear, kept up with his teammate, assisting the team with 11 points, shooting four for four from the field.

UAB guard Tavin Lovan locked in 19 points for his team. There to accompany him in points was his teammate Tyreek Scott-Grayson with 12 points. The Blazers did what they needed to, as a team, to remain competitive against the Owls. 

“Both teams’ bigs, we double teamed each other, I thought both teams handled the double team really well,” head coach Dusty May said. “It was two rams going at it down low.” 

 The Owls began this game as ninth in the conference and finished at seventh. FAU (15-13, 7-8 CUSA) face the UTSA Roadrunners at the Abessinio Court next on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

Brianna Smith is a contributing writer for the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet her @Itsbriiaa.