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Dusty May named C-USA Coach of The Year as many Owls collect honors after best season in program history

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Florida Atlantic coach Dusty May, center, talks with players during a timeout in the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against UTEP, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Andrés Leighton)

The accolades haven’t stopped for FAU men’s basketball.

Head Coach Dusty May was named Conference USA Coach of the Year after leading the Owls to the best season in program history.

“To win Coach of the Year, you have to have a great team and a connected group that works hard and makes sacrifices for each other and the program,” May said. “As far as the Coach of the Year award, it’s a tribute to the assistants, support staff, strength coaches – everyone who contributes to the holistic development of our players on a daily basis. My name is on the award, but I’m one of many who tries to impact these guys every day.”

May led his squad to a 28-3 record, going 18-2 in conference play. The Owls were ranked as high as no.19 in the AP Poll and no. 20 in the Coaches Poll.

In addition to having the coach of the year, FAU had two players named to all conference teams and the sixth man of the year.

Alijah Martin was named to the Conference 1st team. The Sophomore guard averaged 12.6 points per game, which is second on the team along with 5.3 boards per game.

Johnell Davis was named sixth man of the year after leading the Owls in scoring coming off the bench. Davis averaged 13.2 points per game while shooting 49% from the field and 41% from 3-point range.

Rounding out the award winners for FAU was 7’1 center Vladislav Goldin who was named to the Conference 3rd team. The Texas Tech transfer averaged 10.9 points per game and led the team in rebounding, averaging 6.5 per game. The Sophomore from Russia also led the team with 34 blocks and was the only Owl to start and play in all 31 games.