Box Score Feb. 23, 2017
UTEP-FAU Box Score
BOCA RATON, Fla. - A back-and-forth affair ended with the Florida Atlantic University men's basketball on the wrong side of a 60-55 score to UTEP on Thursday night. The contest featured five ties and 14 lead changes. The Owls fall to 9-17 overall and 5-10 in Conference USA play.
The Turning Point
After a Jeantal Cylla dunk put the Owls up 35-34, FAU made just one field goal over the next eight minutes as the Miners (12-15, 10-5) took a five-point lead, 42-37.
UTEP again led by five, 58-53, when Adonis Filer converted a pair of free throws to pull the Owls within three with 56 seconds left. FAU made a defensive stop and had a chance to tie the game, but were unable to convert. The Miners had a wide open dunk that would have sealed the game, but it hit off the back rim. An official review determined that the Owls touched the resulting rebounds last, and UTEP made both free throws to ice the victory.
- Adonis Filer came off the bench to score a game-high 15 points and also had three assists.
- Jailyn Ingram notched 12 points for FAU.
- Nick Rutherford posted six rebounds and nine assists. In his last four ball games, Rutherford has 28 assists and committed just five turnovers.
Head Coach Michael Curry
"I thought we did a good job of not settling early and taking quick jumpers. We also had three (layup) opportunities in transition that we didn't convert. In a 60-55 game, those are killers. "
The Owls host UTSA on Saturday, Feb. 25. The game starts at 7 p.m. Saturday is Senior Night and FAU's senior class will be recognized prior to the game. Live stats and live video will be available at fausports.com. The game also will be broadcast on ESPN 106.3 FM. Live updates will be available at the team's official Twitter account, @FAU_Hoops.