It wasn’t the prettiest game by any standards and as our very own Ken Lavicka put it, this one was downright brutal. Despite FAU being bothered by UTEPs intensity and physicality all night, the Owls jumped out the gate go on a late scoring run of their own and defeated UTEP 59-56.
The Owls completed the second-half comeback despite shooting just over 26% for the game, 21% from 3 with 6 minutes left.
With the win, the Owls move to 2-0 in league play for the first time since the 2011 season and Florida Atlantic improves to 10-5 on the year,
The Owls playmakers couldn’t find the rim as Head Coach Dusty May said that FAU didn’t do anything well for the majority of the matchup.
Jailyn Ingram shot 3-10 and finished with 7 points while fouling out.
Michael Forrest shot 1-7 for a season-low 2 points.
But the hero of this game was Karlis Silins. Silins was a non-factor until the closing minutes of the game when he hit the back to back 3s and was named the player of the game.
Scooter Taylor also came up big by not only hitting the challenged lay up but dove for a loose ball to give FAU an extra possession. Owls Center Madiaw Niang who missed the last game with injury, closed out the game with a late bucket that turned into the game-winning 3 point play.
FAU finally connected from the free-throw line and shot a season-high 86 percent. That’s something that will make Dusty May a very happy camper. The Owls will get a 5-day break then face Rice University on the road and look to improve to 3-0 in Conference USA play!