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Owls win school-record 19th straight game, beating Middle Tennessee 85-67

FAU coach Dusty May notches first 20-win season
FAU Owls guard Johnell Davis shoots during second half against Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, Jan. 26, 2023
Posted at 8:23 AM, Jan 27, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-27 08:32:17-05

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 Thursday night.

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.

"These guys have learned how to win," said May, who's led FAU to at least a .500 record in each of his five seasons.

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 its lone loss coming at Mississippi.

FAU Owls head coach Dusty May claps during game against Middle Tennessee, Jan. 26, 2023
Florida Atlantic coach Dusty May applauds for his team during the second half against Middle Tennessee, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, in Boca Raton, Fla.

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 and scored 19 points in the first 20 minutes.

"The way I was warming up, I was giving it my all so I would be ready to give it my all off the bench," Davis said.

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, but never drew any closer.

"FAU was just a little bit tougher than we were, particularly in big moments," MTSU coach Nick McDevitt said. "I thought we settled for some early 3s. We made a couple that made it a three-point game, and then as soon as it stopped going they were able to make a run because they kept getting twos at the basket."

FAU's reserves totaled 52 points.

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