The Owls build a double-digit second-half lead, then hung on to defeat the Cardinal thanks in part to two Anthony Adger free throws with 10 seconds remaining, giving FAU its fourth victory in five tries under first-year head coach Dusty May.
“It got late in the game and we weren’t scared to lose,” May said. “I felt like in the exhibition game [a loss to Division II Lynn], we were a little bit afraid to lose, instead of going for the win. Today, even some of our mistakes, were aggressive mistakes going for the win, as opposed to just trying to hold on and not lose.”
Incarnate Word cut FAU’s lead to a single point with 1:19 remaining but didn’t score again.
FAU scored the first seven points of the game and enjoyed 15-6 run but still only led 31-28 at the half.
The Owls opened the second half by outscoring the Cardinal 27-12. FAU couldn’t put UIW away, in part because the Owls went more than nine minutes without a field goal.
GameBrowser: FAU (4-1) 71, Incarnate Word (4-3) 68
Moving Forward: Anthony Adger tied a career high with 19 points. …Jaylen Sebree followed Saturday’s 21-point effort with 17 more points on Sunday. …Jaylen Ingram sank all nine free throw attempts en route to 15 points.
Moving Backward: Freshman point guard Michael Forest didn’t score and managed only three assists. …Forward Xavian Stapleton committed seven turnovers.
Key Stat: 24 – Made free throws by FAU on 27 attempts, including 17-of-18 in the second half.
Up Next: Palm Beach Atlantic comes to FAU on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tip-off.