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FAU Basketball Pulls Off Huge Upset Over the Gators on the Road


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  The Florida Atlantic University men’s basketball team earned a historic win on Monday night. The Owls went into Gainesville and knocked off the Florida Gators by a 76-74 final score in a thrilling contest. The win was FAU’s first ever over the Gators and was FAU’s first over a Power Five opponent since 2018, when the Owls upset Illinois on the road.

The game marked the first time back in Gainesville for FAU head coach Dusty May since his time with the Gators. May was on the Florida sidelines for three years as an assistant coach before taking over the Owls’ program. The Owls have put up a school-record four straight winning seasons with May, but tonight’s game marks a signature win for both May and the program, putting an exclamation mark on a seven-day road trip for FAU.

FAU found itself down 55-54 with 9:50 to go, but a massive 17-2 run propelled the Owls to a 71-57 lead with 4:48 to play. The Owls used the three ball to their success all night, going a blistering 54.2% from beyond the arc (13-of-24). In the key run, Alijah Martin knocked down a long ball to put FAU on top 57-55, and the Owls would not relinquish the lead from there, yet it was not easy,

A few possessions later, Martin found an open Brandon Weatherspoon in the corner on the fast break, and Weatherspoon hit to push the lead to 60-55. A few possessions later, Jalen Gaffney found Michael Forrest who struck from beyond the arc to bump the lead to 62-57.

Forrest made his first appearance of the season with today’s game and made an immediate impact. The senior guard scored 20 points coming off of the bench and went 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Forrest caught fire as soon as he stepped on the floor, going 3-for-3 quickly from long range in the first half.

A dunk from Vladislav Goldin, followed by buckets from Martin and Johnell Davis put FAU up 71-59, but the Gators made it a nail-biter in the final five minutes. With the Gators on the Owls’ heels and only down four, Martin hit what looked like a dagger 3-pointer to put FAU ahead 74-67.

The Owls were assessed a technical foul for calling a timeout with none remaining, and Florida pulled to within 74-71 with the free throws at 50 seconds left. Forrest was fouled with 38 seconds left and hit a pair of clutch free throws, but then the Gators hit a 3-pointer to pull within 76-74 with 13 seconds to go.

On the next inbounds pass, the Owls eluded the Gators’ foul attempts, dwindling the clock to only 0.1 seconds left. The free throw was missed, and the buzzer sounded, sealing the historic win for the Owls.