BOCA RATON, Fla. - A cold shooting day from the floor led to the Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team losing to Charlotte 65-60 on Saturday. The loss snapped what had been a seven-game home winning streak for FAU. The Owls fell to 11-6 overall and 2-2 in Conference USA.
Both teams struggled offensively, with neither side able to consistently find the hoop in the early going. The 49ers had the largest lead of the first half at five, 18-13, with 7:23 left in the stanza, but the Owls quickly rallied to level the score. Anthony Adger hit a three-pointer just before the buzzer to pull FAU even at 24 headed to halftime.
The Turning Point
Another Adger three pushed the Owls' lead to four early in the second half. At that point, Charlotte went on a 16-7 run to take a 46-41 advantage. A Xavian Stapleton turnaround jumper and a Kevaughn Ellis triple tied the score at 46-46.
The 49ers scored 18 of the game's next 23 points that helped the clinch the win. FAU trimmed the margin down to as little as four, but ultimately ran out of time.
· As a team, the Owls shot 33.3 percent from the floor, while Charlotte made 50 percent of their shot attempts
· Stapleton led FAU with 17 points, adding five rebounds, two steals and two blocks
· Adger scored 15 points, dished out five assists and snagged a steal
· Michael Forrest tallied 13 points and four assists
· FAU committed just nine turnovers in the game
FAU Head Coach Dusty May
"It's such a new environment for us where we come into a game favored to win, supposed to win, and we didn't have quite the same edge."
FAU plays at Marshall on Thursday, Jan. 17. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. The game will air on ESPN+. Live audio can be heard on ESPN 106.3 FM. In-game updates will also be available at twitter.com/FAU_Hoops.