BOCA RATON — On 90’s night, the Owls had to check themselves before they could wreck themselves.
But as has been the case at home all season, FAU was wrecked from the opening tip.
Back at home after sweeping their three game road trip, FAU (8-14, 4-7) fell to the North Texas Mean Green (7-16, 1-10) by a 70-64 final score on Thursday night. For the seventh time in nine games, the Owls could not get it done at the Burrow.
The story of the game – and one of the team’s biggest problems all year – was the lack of precision when it came to three-point shooting. Taking an astounding 39 three-pointers, the Owls only made eight in the loss. Sniper Gerdarius Troutman was 2-11 from behind the arc.
“We always take a high number of shots and they gave us a lot of open shots,” coach Michael Curry said. “We missed them, but as I told the team, you can’t start off on an 8-0 run.”
FAU clawed back from a poor first half showing to outscore the Mean Green 40-35 in the final 20 minutes and even took a 43-42 lead early in the second half. In the final 12 minutes, however, North Texas outscored FAU 26-21.
North Texas’ J-Mychal Reese led all scorers with 21 points on 8-12 shooting.
“We did some things that were self-inflicted wounds, but we give them all the credit,” Curry said. “We never could quite grasp total control of the game.”
GameBrowser: North Texas 70, FAU 64
Moving Forward: Forward Jeantal Cylla led FAU with 12 points…William Pfister had four rebounds and avoided fouling out…Ronald Delph had eight points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Moving Backward: Curry may want to start giving his halftime speeches before the game as the Owls trailed after the first 20 minutes yet again…Justin Massey, a game after leading all scorers with 18 in the win over Old Dominion, scored 11 on 4-of-15 shooting…
Baseball Honored: During halftime, the men’s baseball team was honored for their 2016 C-USA championship season. FAU will host a media day for the 2017 team on Friday at the Oxley Center.
Key Stat: 39 -three-point shots by the Owls.
Up Next: FAU will complete its homestand with a Saturday matchup against the Rice Owls. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.