BOCA RATON – Poor second half shooting doomed FAU to a 60-55 loss to Texas-El Paso on Thursday.
The Owls led 33-32 at the half but managed only 22 second-half points in their second loss to the Miners this season.
After cutting back on long range jumpers, making two of their six three-point attempts in the first half, FAU made only one three-point shot on 13 tries in the second half, shooting 15.8 percent from behind the arc for the game.
FAU managed only four points through the first nine minutes of the second half and made found the bottom of the net on seven field goals in the final 20 minutes.
In a tight game down the stretch, FAU didn’t connect on a field goal in the final 2:51 of the contest.
GameBrowser: UTEP (12-15, 10-5) 60, FAU (9-17, 5-10) 55
Moving Forward: Adonis Filer led the Owls with 15 points. …Jailyn Ingram chipped in 12 and three rebounds. …Nick Rutherford doled out nine assists, grabbed six rebounds and recorded three steals.
Moving Backward: Long range sniper Gedarius Troutman didn’t connect on a three-point shot all night. …FAU only made four free throws on night attempts.
Key Stat: 8 – losses for FAU in the Owls last nine home games.
Up Next: With Thursday night losses by FIU and North Texas, FAU can clinch a berth in the Conference USA tournament with a win over UTSA on Saturday in what will be the Owls final home game of the year. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.