Freshman forward Jeantal Cylla (1) looks to pass the ball to a teammate during the Owls loss to UT-Martin on Dec. 29. Mohammed Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Men’s Basketball: Florida International’s Adrian Diaz proves to be too much for Owls to handle

January 3, 2016

Florida Atlantic men’s basketball had no answer for Florida International’s senior center Adrian Diaz in the second half, leading to the Owls’ seventh straight loss 76-59 on Sunday. Diaz entered the game as the Panthers’ (7-7) leader in points and rebounds per game along with leading the NCAA in blocks per game. He scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half. The Panthers’ center finished the game with 14 rebounds, three blocks and went 11-for-17 for foul shots. The Owls (2-11) shot a combined 9-of-18 from the foul line.

Men’s Basketball: Owls’ Losing Ways Continue in First Game Without Turman

Men’s Basketball: Owls’ Losing Ways Continue in First Game Without Turman

December 23, 2015

Florida Atlantic men’s basketball struggled to replace recently released C.J. Turman in their 68-54 loss to the Hofstra Pride on Tuesday night, extending their losing streak to five games. Without Turman — who was leading the team in points and rebounds at the time of his dismissal — the Owls (2-10) had no answer to stop Hofstra’s control of the paint. Hofstra (7-4) out rebounded FAU in the game, 47-28. They also recorded 13 more offensive rebounds than the Owls, resulting in 17 second-chance points, compared to the Owls’ seven. Along with their rebounding troubles, FAU struggled to score the ball, shooting 35 percent from the field during the game. Freshman forward Jeantal Cylla — who received the first start of his collegiate career — missed all eight of his shot attempts from the floor. Fellow freshman guard Nick Rutherford also failed to convert on any of his seven field-goal attempts in the game.

Sophomore guard Nick Rutherford made all eight of his foul shots in the Owls loss to SIU Edwardsville on Sunday night. Mohammed Emran | Staff Photographer

Men’s Basketball: Owls give up early lead in loss to Florida State

December 20, 2015

Florida Atlantic men’s basketball couldn’t defend a 12-point first half lead as the Florida State Seminoles pulled out the victory in the game’s closing moments, defeating the Owls 64-59 in the 2015 MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center on Saturday. A second half scuffle between the two teams awoke a sleeping Florida State team as the Seminoles cut FAU’s lead down to just four points with over 11 minutes left in the game. The re-energized Seminoles (8-2), aided by two three-point baskets by sophomore guard Xavier-Rathan Mayes, grabbed their first lead of the game with fewer than eight minutes remaining.

Freshman forward Jeantal Cylla shoots a jump shot during the Owls' 75-72 loss to Warner on Nov.17. Mohammed Emran | Staff Photographer

Ronald Delph debut overshadowed as Owls fall to Eastern Kentucky 80-73

December 16, 2015

Redshirt junior guard Adonis Filer’s strong second half performance was not enough as Florida Atlantic men’s basketball fell to Eastern Kentucky, 80-73. Filer led the Owls with 16 points - 14 of which came in the second half - and nine rebounds. He only shot 4-of-14 from the floor, but converted all eight of his foul shots. With his help, FAU (2-7) was able to cut a 13-point EKU lead down to two with 4:56 left to play but were unable to complete the comeback attempt against the Colonels (8-4).

Freshman forward Jesse Hill is double teamed during the Owls' exhibition game versus St. Thomas. Hill scored a career high 22 points in FAU's 75-61 loss to UCF Saturday. Mohammed Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Men’s Basketball: Jesse Hill’s 22 points not enough as UCF rolls 75-61

December 12, 2015

A poor performance in the paint against the University of Central Florida led Florida Atlantic men’s basketball to a 75-61 defeat Saturday night, their sixth of the year. The Knights (5-3) outrebounded the Owls 43-31 for the game, including 12 offensive rebounds. Their effort on the inside helped UCF take the lead in the first half and keep it for the rest of the game. 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall proved to be the backbone of the UCF inside defense with six blocks, continuing the Owls’ (2-6) scoring struggle.

Redshirt junior guard Adonis Filer goes up for a layup during the Owls' 72-59 win Thursday night. Mohammed Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Men’s Basketball: Jesse Hill has career game as Owls defeat Ave Maria 72-59

December 11, 2015

Florida Atlantic men’s basketball needed a late second-half run to put away the Ave Maria Gyrenes 72-59 Tuesday night. Ave Maria (1-9) took a brief four-point lead (their only lead of the game) midway through the second half before a 9-0 run helped FAU (2-5) recapture the lead they held previously during the entire first half. FAU ran much of their second half offense through freshman forward Jesse Hill.

Owls guard Adonis Filer (3) dribbles around Bobcats defender Armand Shoon (1) in the
first half of play on Nov. 5 versus St. Thomas. Max Jackson | Staff  Photographer

Men’s Basketball: Owls drop second straight loss 74-48 at East Carolina

December 2, 2015

Florida Atlantic men’s basketball weren’t able to convert on their chances against East Carolina Tuesday night, falling 74-48 to the Pirates in their first game in 10 days. The Owls (1-5) shot 19-of-53 from the field, including 5-of-23 from the 3-point line, with both totals being a season low. FAU’s scoring was led by senior guard Solomon Poole, who finished with 11 points. Sophomore center C.J. Turman and senior guard Jackson Trapp each had nine points. FAU only shot 1-of-12 to start the game and committed five turnovers. ECU led 32-14 at the half, with the Owls shooting just 20 percent from the field.

After a 9-20 season that included an 11-game losing streak, men's basketball will approach its year with eight new players. Max Jackson | Staff Photographer

Men’s Basketball Preview

November 19, 2015

A new head coach couldn’t change the fortunes of the Owls last season, as the team finished 9-20 and missed the conference tournament under Michael Curry. Tasked with navigating a tougher schedule with a team that lost nine players to graduation or transfer, they need to address their problems or risk falling to the bottom of the Conference USA standings again.

Junior guard Marquan Botley attempts a layup, but is fouled by a Warner defender. The Royals beat the Owls 75-72 Tuesday night. Mohammed Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Basketball: Failed comeback attempt leads to 75-72 loss versus Warner

November 18, 2015

Men’s basketball was unable to overcome a slow offensive start Tuesday night versus Warner University, losing to the Royals 75-72 in their home opener. The Owls put up 50 points in the second half while tying the game with 12.1 seconds left in regulation after junior guard Marquan Botley hit two free throws. On the ensuing Warner possession, Florida Atlantic (0-2) allowed Warner guard Warren Hall to get open and hit a jumper while getting fouled by freshman guard Nick Rutherford with 1.9 seconds left.

Owls guard Adonis Filer (3) dribbles around Bobcats defender Armand Shoon (1) in the first half of play on Nov. 5 versus St. Thomas. Filer sat out last season after transferring from Clemson. Max Jackson | Staff Photographer

Men’s Basketball: Owls drop season opener to Michigan State, 82-55

November 14, 2015

Men’s Basketball was unable to start the 2015-16 season victorious as they lost to Michigan State University 82-55 in East Lansing, Mich. Friday night. The Owls (0-1) got off to a slow start offensively, scoring four points in the first seven minutes of the game compared to 20 points from the no. 13 ranked Spartans. They finished the first half making only 8-of-31 shots and 1-of-8 three pointers. FAU’s defense was able to force eight Michigan State (1-0) turnovers, but committed 14 team fouls by halftime. This allowed the Spartans to convert 11-of-16 free throws during that stretch.

Justin Raffington scores a bucket in his final game as an Owl. Raffington totaled seven points. Photo by Max Jackson

[Story and Gallery] Owls Basketball cap off season with 23 point loss to MTSU

March 8, 2015

lorida Atlantic (9-20, 2-16) was not able to rally back from a 17 point first half deficit against the Middle Tennessee State University Blue...

CJ Turman led the Owls' with 13 points in their win over UAB on March 5. Photo by Max Jackson

[Story and Gallery] Turman’s last-second dunk gives Owls the win 62-59 over UAB

March 5, 2015

  lorida Atlantic (9-19, 2-15 in Conference USA) came away with a 62-59 win over the UAB Blazers, snapping an 11-game streak. “I felt li...