FAU Men’s Basketball to Host Inaugural Boca Raton Beach Classic

BOCA RATON, Fla. – (Aug. 14, 2019) – Florida Atlantic University men’s basketball announced the field of teams and brackets for the inaugural Boca Raton Beach Classic presented by Sport Changes Life on Wednesday. The event will be held in conjunction with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Games will be played on Sunday, Dec. 1 and Monday, Dec. 2 at Abessino Court at FAU Arena, on the campus of FAU. 

“We are extremely excited about the upcoming Boca Raton Beach Classic,” said FAU head men’s basketball coach Dusty May. “We are proud to partner with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and are looking forward to hosting seven quality basketball programs here in Boca Raton. We know this means a lot to our university, and we couldn’t be happier for our alumni, fans and the community to have this tournament take place on our campus.”

In addition to the host Owls, the field will consist of Canisius, Hofstra, Holy Cross, UIC, Mercer, San Diego, and St. Bonaventure. The eight teams will be split into two separate four-team brackets. The Owls will host Holy Cross and Canisius on November 29 and December 4, respectively, in connection with the tournament. 

“We know our visitors to Paradise are in for a great experience,” said FAU vice president and director of athletics Brian White. “We look forward to welcoming everyone to South Florida for what will be a wonderful tournament.”

December 1

12:00 PM – Mercer vs. Canisius (Naismith Bracket)

3:00 PM – Hofstra vs. Holy Cross (Naismith Bracket)

6:00 PM – Florida Atlantic vs. UIC (Hall of Fame Bracket)

9:00 PM – San Diego vs. St. Bonaventure (Hall of Fame Bracket)

December 2

11:00 AM – Naismith Third Place Game

2:00 PM – Naismith Championship Game

5:00 PM – Hall of Fame Third Place Game

8:00 PM – Hall of Fame Championship Game

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Florida Atlantic University Athletics:

FAU Athletics is comprised of 21 intercollegiate teams involving 450 student-athletes that compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, volleyball, beach volleyball, cheer and dance. The Owls are a NCAA Division I-A (FBS) institution and compete in Conference USA and the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) (beach volleyball, men’s swimming). The Owls have been playing football since 2001 and are a perfect 3-0 in bowl games, the most recent being a 50-3 victory over Akron in the 2017 Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl. The dance team finished its 2014 season No. 8, nationally. FAU cheer won a national championship in 2016. 

About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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