FAU is quickly learning that its trip to Hawaii is no vacation.
The Owls fell to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville of the Ohio Valley Conference 77-68 on Sunday in FAU’s second game of the Rainbow Classic held in the nation’s 50th state.
The loss dropped FAU to 0-2 on the season. The Owls have one more game in tournament, a 4:15 a.m. tip-off against host Hawaii on Tuesday, before returning to the mainland.
FAU trailed by seven at the half and drew within three early in the second half on two Nick Rutherford free throws before the Cougars pulled away. SIUE led by as much as 16 before FAU put together a late run.
The Owls closed the gap to seven on two more Rutherford free throws in the final minute but couldn’t get any closer.
GameBrowser: SIUE (2-0) 77, FAU (0-2) 68
Moving Forward: Gerdarius Troutman came off the bench to drain seven three-pointers. He led FAU with 20 points. …Nick Rutherford hit all eight of his free throws en route to 14 points. The Owls’ point guard also doled out six assists, grabbed five rebounds and recorded four steals. …Center Ronald Delph scored 13 points and snagged eight rebounds.
Moving Backward: Foul trouble plagued forward Jeantal Cylla, who managed only two points and two rebounds. …Starting power forward William Pfister scored four points and grabbed four rebounds but was limited to 18 minutes because of foul trouble. …FAU committed 29 fouls to SUIE’s 18. …Adonis Filer didn’t score in 16 minutes.
Key Stat: 33 – Percentage of shots made by FAU, the Owls second consecutive poor shooting night.
Up Next: FAU concludes its trip to Hawaii with a 4:15 a.m. Tuesday contest that will be broadcast live on ESPN 2.