Men’s Basketball: Owls cruise past Palm Beach Atlantic 84-63 for third straight win

The Owls have won three consecutive games for the first time this season.


Photo courtesy of Owl TV.

Bryce Totz, Staff Writer

The FAU men’s basketball team (6-4) beat the Palm Beach Atlantic (PBA) Sailfish (3-6) 84-63 on Wednesday evening at Abessinio Court. The Owls are now 8-0 against Palm Beach Atlantic all-time. 

The team started slowly, as the Sailfish took an early 5-2 lead. Quickly after though, junior guard Michael Forrest found a groove as he had an 8-0 run to give his team the lead.

“We knew we couldn’t take them lightly,” said Forrest. “We had to come out with the mindset [that] it doesn’t matter who we are playing.”

The Owls started to decline as PBA clawed its way to a five-point lead 6:37 into the game. The Sailfish held the lead for most of the first half. The largest lead for Palm Beach Atlantic was seven with 11:32 to go in the first half. 

“I feel like we let our foot off the gas,” said Forrest. “When shots didn’t start falling, we started playing a little bit more tight.” 

With 1:48 left in the first half, sophomore guard Bryan Greenlee buried a three-pointer to regain FAU’s lead. 

“I feel like a big part of why they were sticking with us was because they were too comfortable on offense,” said Greenlee.

FAU struggled to shoot, as they were only 30.8% from the field, 40% from beyond the arc, and 46.2% at the free-throw line. PBA finished with 44.4%, 42.9%, and 75%. 

There were chances for the Owls as they had 15 offensive rebounds but were unable to score points in the paint. They struggled with tip-ins and layups throughout the half. 

At the end of the half, Greenlee led the team with 12 points, including three triples. 

“Coach [Dusty] May told us we had to tighten up on defense because we weren’t playing to our full potential,” Forrest said. 

Heading into halftime, the Owls led 36-33 and did not look back after that.

Freshman guard Alijah Martin opened the scoring for FAU in the half with two three-pointers. 

Within three minutes, the Owls extended the lead to seven and kept pushing. They eventually got into a rhythm and were efficient on both sides of the court. 

FAU finished the second half shooting 60% from the field, 57.1% from three, and 57.1% at the stripe. Overall, they won the rebounding battle 42-32 and played with the lead for over 25 minutes. 

Forrest finished with 21 points, including four shots from beyond the arc. 

“[Forrest] was really, really good in the second half,” said head coach Dusty May. “He made a couple of shots early and we thought he settled for threes that maybe he had lanes to go to the rim.”

The Owls will take a week off, as their next game is on the road for Wednesday, Dec. 15 against Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) at 7 p.m. It will be broadcast on MASN. 

Bryce Totz is a staff writer for the University Press. For more information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @brycetotz.