The No. 11 seed, FAU trailed 40-30 at the half before sixth seeded UAB burst out of the locker room with a 13-6 run in the opening minutes of the second half.
UAB led by as much of 21 points in the second half and coasted to victory.
The loss may well prove to be the final game of the Michael Curry era, Under Curry, the Owls posted a 39-84 record in four seasons. During that period FAU won one postseason game. Their 12-19 record this season is the best record under Curry.
He still has two years remaining on a contract that pays $325,000 per year.
FAU’s only consistent scoring threat all season, third-team All-Conference USA performer Ronald Delph led the Owls with 22 points and nine rebounds.
GameBrowser: No. 6 UAB 83, No 11. FAU 72
Moving Forward: Jailyn Ingram scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting. …Justin Massey scored 15 points. …Payton Hulsey had five assists to go with 11 points.
Moving Backward: In the final start of his career, William Pfister managed only two points in 22 minutes. …Gerdarius Troutman’s four-point night included 0-for-5 shooting from behind the arc. …Devorious Brown, the player FAU coach Michael Curry thought would be a difference maker against the Blazer, didn’t score in 17 minutes.
Key Stat: 26.1 – percentage of FAU three-point shots that found their mark.
Up Next: FAU’s season is over.