FAU guard Michael Forrest’s layup trimmed the Wildcats lead to one point, 71-70, in the closing seconds, forcing the Owls to attempt to extend the game by fouling. B-CU converted one of two free throw attempts, leaving the Owls with nine seconds to tie or take the lead. The Owls never got a shot off.
The Owls started slowly, falling behind B-CU (4-4) by 15 points early in the game. FAU cut the lead to two before the half, only to see Bethune-Cookman’s lead swell to 38-31 by the break.
FAU led by as many as five in the second half before Bethune-Cookman closed the game down the stretch.
“This is a good lesson for us,” FAU coach Dusty May said. “We have to play strong and play physical.”
Jailyn Ingram scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half to lead the Owls.
GameBrowser: Bethune-Cookman (4-4) 72, FAU (6-2) 70
Moving Forward: Guard Anthony Adger scored a career-high 20 points. …Simeon Lepichev came off the bench to grab eight rebounds. …Richardson Maitre’s six assists led the Owls.
Moving Backward: Starting forward Xavian Stapleton didn’t play, resting an injured knee. …His replacement, Madiaw Niang, didn’t score and grabbed only two rebounds. …Cedric Jackson missed all four of his shots.
Key Stat: 40 – rebounds for FAU, two fewer than B-CU.
Up Next: FAU welcomes Mercer to The Burrow on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.