Owls are birds known for their eyesight. It is a particular characteristic of the owl that aids in nocturnal prey capture.
The Florida Atlantic Owls is known for football. However, head men’s basketball coach Dusty May has the eyesight of building FAU basketball program into a team that will consistently compete.
Can they be a threat to their prey? That is yet to be seen.
I saw the Owls in person for the first time when they visited the Miami Hurricanes in a losing effort.
The Owls hosted the Charlotte 49ers at home; it was a cold shooting day for the Owls as they fell 65-60 on Saturday. The loss snapped what had been a seven-game home winning streak for FAU.
Jon Davis scored 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds as Charlotte picked up its first conference win.
Davis was 9 of 11 from the field including five 3-pointers for the 49ers (4-11, 1/3 Conference USA). Jaylan McGill added 12 points, and Brandon Younger had 10.
“It’s such a new environment for us where we come into a game favored to win,” May stated. “Supposed to win, and we didn’t have quite the same edge.”
The Owls shot 33 percent from the field on only 21 made shots. It is still a work in progress for a team who has made just one NCAA appearance dating back to 2002.