After beginning his coaching career by leading the Owls consecutive victories over Florida Tech and UCF, FAU fell to Georgia Southern 80-70 on the first day of the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase on Friday.
“(Georgia Southern) is a veteran team that’s going to win a lot of games this year,” May said. “It was a good learning experience for our guys, now I’m anxious to see how we bounce back.”
The Eagles used an 18-9 run midway through the second half to pull away from the Owls and secure the victory.
FAU trailed early before using an 18-6 run to take the lead late in the first quarter and trailed by only a point at halftime.
The Owls cut what had been a double-digit, second-half Eagles’ lead to four with five minutes remaining, but a 10-0 GSU run put the game out of reach.
GameBrowser: Georgia Southern 80, FAU 70
Moving Forward: Forward Jailyn Ingram led FAU with a career-high 25 points, adding nine rebounds. …Freshman point guard Michael Forrest finished right behind Ingram with 21 points, also a career high. …Nine different Owls played at least 10 minutes.
Moving Backward: Starting forward Xavian Stapleton failed to score, missing all four shots, and fouled out in only 22 minutes of play. …Starting guard Anthony Adger only scored two points on 1-of-12 shooting, missing all four of his three-point attempts.
Key Stat: 2 – Fast break points for an FAU offense that expects to push the tempo.
Up Next: FAU faces Towson at 2 p.m. on Saturday on the second day of the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase.