No. 9 FAU stuns No. 4 Tennessee to reach first Elite Eight

NEW YORK — In a season of firsts for Florida Atlantic men’s basketball — first time ranked in the AP Top 25, first Conference USA championship, first NCAA Tournament victories — the Owls added one more on Thursday.The Boca Raton, Fla., school of more than 30,000 students is going to its first Elite Eight.Michael Forrest powered an 18-2 stretch in the middle of the second half and ninth-seeded Florida Atlantic took down fourth-seeded Tennessee 62-55 in the East Region semifinals.The underdog Owls (34-3), in just their second NCAA Tournament in program history, will face third-seeded Kansas State on Saturday at Madison Square Garden for the right to go to the Final Four.Johnell Davis led all scorers with 15 points for Florida Atlantic, making 9 of 10 at the foul line and adding six rebounds. Nick Boyd had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Forrest put up eight of his 11 during the run that turned the tide in the Owls’ favor.Jonas Aidoo produced 10 points and seven rebounds for Tennessee (25-11). Josiah-Jordan James had 10 points and six rebounds, and Uros Plavsic scored all eight of his points in the first half.Tennessee led by five at halftime and Santiago Vescovi buried two 3-pointers early in the second half, but the Volunteers couldn’t extend their edge past seven points.Davis began the decisive run with a layup. Forrest made a 3-pointer off some quick ball movement, trimming the deficit to one. After Tennessee fouled, Forrest canned another triple to make it 43-41 — the Owls’ first lead since 3-2.