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Florida Atlantic 85, Middle Tennessee 67

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Associated Press

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Johnell Davis scored 25 points as No. 21 Florida Atlantic won its school-record 19th straight game, beating Middle Tennessee 85-67.

The victory gave FAU (20-1, 9-0 Conference USA) only the second 20-win season in the program's Division I history and coach Dusty May his first 20-win season

Davis, the Owls' leading scorer, once again came off the bench early in the first half, this time calming what had been a jittery FAU offense that missed its first eight shots. The sophomore hit six of his eight first-half shots en route to 19 points in the first 20 minutes.

MTSU (13-8, 6-3 C-USA) cut FAU's lead to three on Camryn Weston's jumper with a little less than 15 minutes to play in the game but never drew any closer.

An announced crowd of 3,082 - an FAU record - enjoyed the Owls' first-ever home game as a ranked team. FAU remained undefeated at home, with the lone loss on the season coming at Ole Miss.

Nick Boyd and Bryan Greenlee added 13 points each for FAU. Eli Lawrence led MTSU with 17 points.

BIG PICTURE

Middle Tennessee State: The Blue Raiders began the day riding a four-game winning streak that had elevated them into third place in C-USA play. ...MTSU didn't shoot a free throw in the first half and only attempted four on the night. ...MTSU's lone win over Top 25 team remains its 2016 NCAA Tournament upset over No. 2 Michigan St.

Florida Atlantic: FAU entered Thursday night as one of only three teams nationally with at least 19 wins this season. No. 18 College of Charleston (21) doesn't play again until Saturday. No. 1 Purdue played Illinois later on Thursday. ... FAU's current 19-game winning streak is second only to College of Charleston's 20. ... FAU's only other 20-win season came in 2010-11 under coach Mike Jarvis.

January 26, 2023


Middle Tennessee
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Dishman F 24 2-8 0-0 0-0 2-9 2 0 0 3 2 4
E. Lawrence G 35 7-13 0-1 3-7 0-3 1 0 1 2 1 17
T. Lenard Jr G 33 3-7 0-1 2-6 0-0 1 2 0 2 1 8
C. Weston G 28 6-11 0-0 1-3 2-5 3 0 0 2 4 13
J. Bufford G 19 1-5 0-0 1-2 2-2 1 0 0 0 4 3
J. Coleman-Jones   16 2-7 0-0 0-1 3-10 1 0 0 1 3 4
E. King   16 4-7 0-0 2-4 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 10
J. Porter   14 1-3 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 0 0 2 0 3
T. Millin   9 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 3
T. Smith   5 0-0 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 1 2
T. Green   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 27-62
(.435)
2-4
(.500)
11-26
(.423)
10-33 10 2 1 15 17 67


Florida Atlantic
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
V. Goldin F 19 3-3 3-5 0-0 3-9 0 1 2 1 3 9
B. Greenlee G 29 5-8 0-1 1-2 0-1 2 0 0 2 0 11
N. Boyd G 24 5-10 0-0 3-6 1-5 3 0 1 0 0 13
J. Gaffney G 15 0-3 0-0 0-2 0-1 3 0 0 1 2 0
B. Weatherspoon G 15 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-1 0 0 1 0 1 0
J. Davis   29 7-12 8-8 3-4 1-6 0 1 5 1 1 25
A. Martin   26 5-9 2-4 1-4 2-7 3 0 3 1 1 13
G. Rosado   21 3-3 2-2 0-0 0-4 1 3 0 0 1 8
M. Forrest   20 3-8 0-0 0-3 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 6
T. Carroll   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Lorient   0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 31-58
(.534)
15-20
(.750)
8-23
(.348)
7-34 13 5 12 7 9 85
Officials: Gerry Pollard, Rick Crawford, Larry Spaulding




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