FAU played down to American Wednesday and the result was a 62-56 loss for the Owls.
“Right now we are playing bad basketball. We are playing stupid basketball,” FAU coach Mike Jarvis said.
FAU fell to 1-3 on a road trip that started with three games in three days in Seattle, and they were playing their fourth game in five days after a trip across three time zones to play American in Washington, D.C.
But Jarvis refused to blame the schedule on how FAU played Wednesday against the Eagles (1-2), who were picked to finish fifth in the Pioneer League this season.
“You have to make plays and we had many, many opportunities to make plays,” Jarvis said.
The Owls had a 16-15 lead with 3:59 in the opening half, but then faltered and found themselves down 27-18 at the half after shooting 25 percent (6-of-24) and making just 3-of-8 free throws.
They couldn’t get closer than four points in the second half, as their poor shooting continued. Kore White had 13 points to lead FAU, with Omari Grier adding 11.
Greg Gantt, who averaged 18 points in FAU’s first three games, had two points against the Eagles on 1-of-6 shooting.
FAU had 16 turnovers in the game and finished 8-of-14 from the three-throw line.
Charles Hinkle had 27 points to lead the Eagles.
FAU returns home after its cross-country road trip and will host George Mason (2-1) Saturday at 7 p.m. at FAU Arena. The game is sold out, the first sellout since FAU Arena was renovated in 2007. It is the first advance sellout of any athletic event at FAU.
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