FAU suffered yet another potentially serious injury to a key player on Thursday when Jaylen Sebree left Thursday’s Conference USA opener at UAB with a separated left shoulder.
May told ESPN West Palm’s postgame show that Sebree’s shoulder popped out of its socket twice during the first half.
It’s the fourth significant injury to the Owls during the first third of the season.
Without Sebree, who missed the entire second half, the Owls struggled to mount an offensive threat during the final 20 minutes, falling to the Blazers 67-50.
A freshman, Sebree is averaging 9.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in his first season as an Owl. He played only six minutes against UAB (9-5, 1-0) and didn’t score.
FAU (9-5, 0-1) went to Birmingham without leading scorer Jailyn Ingram, who tore an ACL two weeks ago. The Owls had hoped that Sebree would develop into a potent offensive threat during Ingram’s absence.
Starting center Karlis Silins, who has been in and out of the Owls’ lineup for the past couple weeks, returned but didn’t start, scoring nine points and grabbing four rebounds in 19 minutes. Out since early December, Xavian Stapleton once again didn’t play.
FAU guard Anthony Adger led all scorers on Thursday with 18 points. He was the lone Owl to crack the double-digit scoring mark. Adger outscored FAU’s four other starters 18-14.
The Owls travel to Middle Tennessee on Saturday before returning to Boca Raton for their C-USA home opener on Thursday against Old Dominion.