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The evolution of FAU fans

Ryan Cortes

August 30, 2011

Filed under Basketball, Sports

In mid-November, at FAU's home opener for the basketball season, Warner University arrived at The Burrow for a 7 p.m. tipoff. One of Warner's players had long hair, bangs flowing in front of his face and covering a portion of his eyes. As he dribbled up the court, chants of "Bieber!" vibrated throughout the arena. Although singer Justin Bieber is...

Men’s basketball: FAU wins seventh straight with 88-71 victory over UALR

Ryan Cortes

August 30, 2011

Filed under Basketball, Sports

With the game being broadcast on national television on ESPN2, FAU (15-6, 7-0) delivered another quality win, defeating conference foe UALR 88-71 on Saturday, Jan. 22. The win at The Burrow was the Owls' seventh in a row and seventh conference victory. FAU created a big lead in the second half, but early on the outcome wasn't clear. UALR began...

Seventh Heaven

Franco Panizo

August 30, 2011

Filed under Basketball, Opinion, Sports

FAU finished doing something over the weekend that it had never done before, and ESPN was there to cover it. The Owls (15-6) extended their unprecedented Division I winning streak to seven games by defeating Sun Belt Conference foe UALR 88-71 on Saturday, Jan. 22, at The Burrow. FAU's win, which also raised the Owls to 7-0 in conference play, was...

Blocking sensation

Philicia Douglas

August 30, 2011

Filed under Basketball, Sports

FAU's men's basketball team drew lots of attention and excitement last season with just a 14-16 record, and midway through this season the team has already matched that win total. With a 14-6 record, and a first-ever six game winning streak, the Owls are on a roll. Part of the reason for that is because of the performances put forth by senior forward/center...

Basketball: Owls win eighth straight with 62-51 victory over Middle Tennessee

Ryan Cortes

August 30, 2011

Filed under Basketball, Sports

Two weeks ago, FAU went on the road and thumped Middle Tennessee by 10 points, 71-61. On Thursday night at The Burrow, Middle Tennessee (9-12, 4-4) attempted to return the favor, but the Blue Raiders fell to the Owls, 62-51. The win was FAU's eighth in a row and eighth conference victory, putting the Owls at 16-6 on the season and 8-0 in Sun Belt...

Basketball: Winning streak snapped at eight as FAU falls to WKU 57-53

Ryan Cortes

August 30, 2011

Filed under Basketball, Sports

Straddled with a poor first-half performance, the Owls (16-7, 8-1) were unable to overcome their mistakes, falling to Western Kentucky (9-11, 4-4) 57-53 at The Burrow in a conference match on Saturday. The loss snapped FAU's eight-game winning streak. "It was fun while it lasted," said guard Ray Taylor. "I mean the last time we lost was on Dec. 22....

Basketball: Owls win late over rival FIU

Ryan Cortes

August 30, 2011

Filed under Basketball, Sports

After trailing the whole game, FAU found itself down 1 point with 10 seconds remaining. At that point, Alex Tucker secured a rebound andwith four seconds remaining and found Brett Royster alone under the rim for an easy go-ahead bucket. Royster rose and delivered the game-winning layup for FAU as it defeated conference rival FIU, 73-72, at The Burrow...

Basketball: Poor shooting sinks Owls against ULL

Ryan Cortes

August 30, 2011

Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Owls are on a streak, and not a good one. Poor shooting caused the Owls (18-9, 10-3) to fall to their Sun Belt Conference adversary, Louisiana Lafayette, 72-64 at the Burrow on Saturday night. Over the last five games, the Owls have dropped 3, and are a furious comeback against FIU away from having lost 4 of its last 5 games. After spending...

Men’s Basketball: Owls get past rival FIU in overtime in Miami

Ryan Cortes

August 30, 2011

Filed under Basketball, Sports

Whether at home in Boca Raton or in FIU's house in Miami, the Owls just seem to find a way to break the Golden Panthers' hearts. Having defeated its biggest rival at home two weeks ago on a late shot from Brett Royster, FAU once again was able to pull out a late victory. This time, the Owls won in overtime, 80-78. Both at the end of regulation,...

Basketball: FAU loses NCAA Tournament bid with crushing loss

Ryan Cortes

August 30, 2011

Filed under Basketball, Sports

With a bid to the NCAA tournament at stake, FAU squandered its opportunity. The Owls all but ended their season with a 78-64 loss to North Texas in the opening round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament. Despite being a no. 1 seed in the tournament, FAU was dealt a laborious path in facing last season's Sun Belt champions in the opening round game. In...

Basketball: Owls’ season ends with 85-62 loss to Miami

Ryan Cortes

August 30, 2011

Filed under Basketball, Sports

FAU ended its basketball season in much the same predicament that placed it in the consolation prize NIT tournament — by losing in double digits. The Owls' season ended after an 85-62 loss to a much bigger, both in size and weight, Miami Hurricanes team. The Owls struggled much of the night to deal with UM's center, Reggie Johnson, who grabbed...

Contractually elongated?

Ryan Cortes

August 30, 2011

Filed under Basketball, Sports

More than ever before, FAU is spending money. It was reported in February that the school received more than 18,940 applicants for the fall 2011 semester, a record for the university. Knowing such, the school has poured money into various entities: a new 30,000-seat on-campus stadium, new dorms and a $20 million College of Medicine building. But...