Second-half collapse dooms Owls

  It was another case of a second-half road game collapse for FAU, as the Owls allowed Western Kentucky to run past them in the final 20 minutes Thursday in Bowling Green.

  The Hilltoppers outscored FAU 40-25 in the second half at E.A. Diddle Arena to beat FAU 64-57 and end a two-game losing streak.

 The loss ended FAU’s two-game win streak. Before those two wins, the Owls had lost two straight road games after leading at the half. FIU outscored FAU 48-27 to win 76-56 and South Alabama won 65-56 after outscoring FAU 39-24.

 FAU (11-15, 7-6 Sun Belt) built at 11-point lead midway through the first half and had a 32-24 lead at the half. But Western Kentucky (9-17, 5-8) slowly and methodically whittled that lead down.

 The Owls had a 32-24 lead at the half, but WKU chipped away at that until they got their first lead of the game at 48-47 with 9:39 left.

 From then on the Owls and Hilltoppers traded leads, but it was WKU that got the baskets when they needed late.

  Jordan McCoy had 10 points in the first half, but was held to four in the second half.

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