The victory snapped FAU’s 12-game losing streak to MTSU and gave first-year coach Dusty May his first Conference USA victory.
Adger hit a jumper that kickstarted an 18-4 FAU run that lasted exactly eight minutes and gave the Owls a 57-50 advantage with 51 seconds remaining. Adger went 6-for-6 from the free throw line during the final minute to help seal the win.
Adger’s 33 points was his 13th double-digit scoring game of the season and eighth in a row.
“He’s diving on the floor, he’s into the stands, he’s playing hard defensively, he forced several turnovers,” May said. “He made some big shots, he made some good post feeds to Karlis late and then obviously knocking down his free throws, going 12-of-13 from the line was huge.”
Trailing 29-25, FAU began the second half on an 11-1 run to go ahead 36-33. The Blue Raiders immediately responded with a 13-3 scoring spurt of their own to retake a seven-point edge, 46-39.
GameBrowser: FAU (10-5, 1-1) 63, MTSU (3-12, 0-2) 56
Moving Forward: Forward Xavian Stapleton returned to the court after missing seven games with a knee injury. He scored eight points off the bench. Making his first career start, Alexsander Zecevic scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds. …Center Karlis Silins came off the bench to score eight points on 4-of-5 shooting. …Simeon Lepichev led the Owls with eight rebounds. …FAU won one of its first two conference games since the 2013-14 season.
Falling Backward: FAU forward Jaylen Sebree didn’t play in the game after injuring his shoulder on Thursday at UAB. He will be evaluated by a doctor in the coming days. …Point guard Michael Forrest started for the Owls but didn’t score.
Key Stat: 22 – turnovers forced by FAU, a season high, while committing only eight of their own, a season-low.
Up Next: FAU returns to Boca Raton to play Old Dominion on Thursday. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.