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Men’s Basketball: Owls record second win of season versus UTSA

Men’s Basketball: Owls record second win of season versus UTSA

February 12, 2016

For the first time since joining Conference USA, Florida Atlantic men’s basketball swept a conference opponent in a season series, beating the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners for the second time this year 79-73. The sweep, which also marks the first time that head coach Michael Curry has swept a conference opponent, comes after a two-game losing streak to Middle Tennessee State and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “You always want to take care of your home court,” Curry said. “If you have a team coming back here and you get them on their court and take care of your home, that two-gamer feels good.”

Men’s Basketball Preview: FAU hosts a pair of Texas universities while looking to snap its two-game losing streak

Men’s Basketball Preview: FAU hosts a pair of Texas universities while looking to snap its two-game losing streak

February 9, 2016

After losing both games last week, including its worst loss of the season against conference leading University of Alabama-Birmingham, Florida Atlantic men’s basketball lost three of its last four games and has dropped to the bottom-third of the conference standings. This week, the Owls (6-18, 4-7 Conference USA) will host a pair of Texas universities in the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners (4-20, 2-9 Conference USA) on Thursday Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. and the University of Texas at El Paso Miners (13-11, 5-6 Conference USA) on Saturday Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. Here's what you need to know for both matchups:

Men’s Basketball: Shorthanded FAU struggles on the road against Conference USA’s first place UAB Blazers

Men’s Basketball: Shorthanded FAU struggles on the road against Conference USA’s first place UAB Blazers

February 7, 2016

Technical fouls became a common occurrence for both teams after tensions ran high for a frustrated Florida Atlantic team that was in the midst of being handed its largest defeat of the season, in a one-sided 67-104 Saturday night loss. Things escalated at the midway point of the second half when University of Alabama at Birmingham guard Tyler Madison and Florida Atlantic guard Solomon Poole traded dunks that led to an exchange of words between Poole and Blazers’ forward Tosin Mehinti, earning the two players a technical foul. Florida Atlantic (6-18, 4-7 C-USA) was the major underdog entering Saturday's matchup against Conference USA’s first place UAB Blazers (20-4,10-1 C-USA).

Men’s basketball: Second half run falls short of overcoming early deficit in loss versus Middle Tennessee

Men’s basketball: Second half run falls short of overcoming early deficit in loss versus Middle Tennessee

February 5, 2016

In its first matchup of the season, Florida Atlantic men’s basketball got a first hand look at what makes the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders one of the top teams in the conference during Thursday night’s 85-73 loss. FAU (6-17, 4-6 C-USA) led early on in the game for the first minute and a half before a Jacob Ivory layup gave MTSU (16-6, 8-2 C-USA) a 7-5 lead that the Blue Raiders never surrendered, en route to their 16th win of the season. FAU’s first half made what was already a formidable opponent even more dangerous by turning the ball over nine times and giving up 11 offensive rebounds to MTSU in the first half. This was only two rebounds shy of tying the Owls’ 13 total rebounds in the same half. Florida Atlantic trailed at the half 32-45.

Men’s Basketball Preview: Owls Travel to Visit Top Two Teams in Conference USA in Middle Tennessee and UAB

Men’s Basketball Preview: Owls Travel to Visit Top Two Teams in Conference USA in Middle Tennessee and UAB

February 2, 2016

Men's basketball is headed back on the road this week to take on the second-place Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on Thursday, followed by a meeting with the first place University Alabama at Birmingham Blazers on Saturday. The Owls (6-16, 4-15 C-USA) are coming off of Saturday's tightly contested home win over the Charlotte 49ers. The 49ers nearly overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half after cutting the Owl lead to four, late in the game before junior Adonis Filler converted on six free throws in the final minute of regulation to propel the Owls in a 82-77 victory. Here's what you need to know for both upcoming matchups:

Men’s Basketball: FAU holds on late with balanced scoring to beat Charlotte

Men’s Basketball: FAU holds on late with balanced scoring to beat Charlotte

January 31, 2016

Despite seeing Florida Atlantic’s 11-point halftime lead reduced to four with about a minute remaining, junior guard Adonis Filer made six consecutive free throws to ice the game and give the Owls an 82-77 win. FAU (6-16, 4-5 Conference USA) had five players score double digits. Filer led the the way with 18 points and seven rebounds. The Owls held Charlotte (7-14, 4-5 Conference USA) to 49 percent shooting and forced the 49ers into 17 turnovers, which led to 21 points for FAU.

Gallery:  Men’s Basketball v. Old Dominion

Gallery: Men’s Basketball v. Old Dominion

January 29, 2016

Max Jackson | Staff Photographer FAU guard Adonis Filer (3) dribbles toward the basket early in the first half versus Old Dominion. The junior scored two ...

Men’s Basketball Preview: Owls look to carry winning momentum with two conference home games

Men’s Basketball Preview: Owls look to carry winning momentum with two conference home games

January 26, 2016

After splitting two games last week in its road trip in Texas, FAU men’s basketball will be looking to continue its winning ways when the team heads back home this week. The Owls (5-15, 3-4 Conference USA) will be taking on the Old Dominion Monarchs (10-10, 3-4 Conference USA) on Thursday Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. and the Charlotte 49ers (6-13, 3-4 Conference USA) Saturday Jan. 30 at 2 p.m., looking to improve on their conference record and move up the standings. Last week, the Owls went 1-1 in their Texas road trip, losing to UTEP 71-56 and beating UTSA 86-71, with their highest point total this season coming in the win.

Men’s Basketball: Owls Use Total Team Effort to Down UTSA

Men’s Basketball: Owls Use Total Team Effort to Down UTSA

January 23, 2016

Florida Atlantic men’s basketball’s 86-71 win against the UTSA Roadrunners was a milestone victory for Michael Curry who picked up his first conference road win of his tenure as head coach. The Owls (5-15, 3-4 C-USA) and Roadrunners (4-16, 2-5 C-USA) were both looking for their third conference win of the season heading into Saturday’s afternoon matchup. The Owls scored a season-high 86 points led by local Florida product freshman Jeantal Cylla, who contributed a team-high 22 points, reaching the 20-point mark for the second game in a row. Even more impressive was the total team effort put forth in Saturday’s performance on both ends of the floor.

Gallery: Men’s Basketball v. Louisiana Tech

Gallery: Men’s Basketball v. Louisiana Tech

January 18, 2016

Mohammed Emran | Staff Photographer FAU redshirt junior guard Adonis Filer (3) shoots over Louisiana Tech’s Jacobi Boykins (13) to make the score 7-4 in favor of the Bulldogs. ...

Men’s Basketball: Owls snap nine game losing streak against Southern Miss

Men’s Basketball: Owls snap nine game losing streak against Southern Miss

January 15, 2016

Men’s Basketball head coach Michael Curry said he felt grateful after the Owls’ 58-51 win over the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. His team had just broke a nine-game losing streak stretching back to Dec. 12 at UCF and won their first conference game of the season after going 0-3 on the road to start Conference USA play. “Our players have been working hard, their spirits have been great,” Curry said. “They’ve been working every day despite our record and we talked about coming home. We still have nine conference games, let's try to take care of business at home one game at a time, and it started tonight.”

Men’s Basketball: Owls fall 86-82 to Western Kentucky in overtime

Men’s Basketball: Owls fall 86-82 to Western Kentucky in overtime

January 9, 2016

Florida Atlantic men’s basketball was unable to retain its five-point halftime lead, dropping its ninth straight game of the season and third straight in conference play, 86-82 in overtime to Western Kentucky. The Owls (2-14, 0-3 Conference USA), who have the No. 10 ranked field goal percentage defense in Conference USA, allowed the Hilltoppers (9-7,1-2 C-USA) to shoot 51 percent from the field, including 5-of-10 from the three-point line. Western Kentucky’s Justin Johnson was sent to the foul line with a tied score in the final seconds of the game. After he missed both free throws, junior guard Marquan Botley could not get a shot off for the Owls at the end of regulation.