Coming off a stunning 79-77 overtime victory over Ohio State, the Florida Atlantic Owls Men’s Basketball team (3-5) headed south on I-95 to face ACC Powerhouse, University of Miami Hurricanes (7-2).
It was a slow start for both South Florida teams. UM was held scoreless for the first four minutes of the contest, until a three pointer from Senior Guard Davon Reed. The Owls kept up with the Canes for the first seven minutes of the game as the contest was tied 8-8. The Canes shot 46 percent in the first half, and limited FAU’s made field goals to just 24 percent, with none made within the last five minutes of the half. The Canes ended the half 39-24 in their favor.
The second half didn’t start as the Owls hoped for, due to their starting wingman, Freshman Forward Jailyn Ingram, who picked up two quick fouls within the first two minutes of the second half. Ingram finished the game with only four points and one steal.
Miami’s Head Coach, Jim Larranaga, noted that a major key to their 76-56 win over FAU was grabbing both offensive and defensive rebounds. By the conclusion of the game, his team outrebounded their opponent, 48-29. Freshman Forward Dewan Huell and Redshirt Senior Forward Kamari Murphy each added 10 rebounds apiece for the Canes.
Three Miami Hurricanes players look to secure a defensive rebound. Photo credit: Gregorie Orisma
FAU’s Head Coach Michael Curry admitted that Miami’s defense was something he tried best to prepare his team for, but came as no surprise. “ This is and will be the best defense we will face all year.” FAU was held to a season-low shooting 18 percent from beyond the arc.
The game’s leading scorer was UM’s Davon Reed, who tied his career-high making five three-pointers in a single game. Reed finished the night, scoring 21 points and also added two blocks.
The Owls will begin a five game home stand on Wednesday, December 21 against Webber International and will start Conference USA play against Western Kentucky on December 31. The Canes will host their next two games at home versus George Washington on December 22 and Columbia on December 28.
“This is and will be the best defense we will face all year.” ~ FAU’s Head Coach Michael Curry
“One of the keys in defense, is to stop their threes in transition.” ~ UM’s Senior Guard Davon Reed
- FAU’s Jeantal Cylla and Nick Rutherford were both scoreless
- Watsco Center game floor was installed right before game due to graduation that was held on December 15
- Both teams had a ten-day rest before tonight’s matchup
- Miami now lead 22-1 in the all-time series between the two programs
Written by Gregorie Orisma and Daphnie Auguste