The Men’s basketball program at UNF may have secured their biggest win in school history last weekend.
On Saturday, the Ospreys defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 73-70, improving to 1-11 against Big Ten teams and gaining their first win in school history over a team from a power 5 conference. The game at Purdue, was lead by sophomore, Dallas Moore, with 24 points. With under a minute left, Moore connected on a corner 3 to give the Ospreys a 66-62 lead.
Moore, the reigning Atlantic Sun freshman of the year, is averaging 16.2 points per game this year. The Ospreys are 6-2 and riding a five-game winning streak. They took back to back games in Mexico to win the Cancun Challenge.
“It’s a great day to be an Osprey,” said head coach Matthew Driscoll, in his 6th season. Down by 7 with under four minutes remaining, they used an 11-0 run to take hold of the game. UNF overcame deficients of 22-10 deficient in the first half, and beat Purdue 18-8 in the final 2:53.
Purdue, who hasn’t made the NCAA tournament since 2012, is usually a regular in the Big Dance, who went six straight years advancing from the first round from 2007 to 2012. They fell to 6-2 with the loss.
UNF was picked in the preseason A-Sun poll to make it to the conference championship. The only other time UNF made the A-Sun title was in 2011, where they lost to Belmont. They had three players, Beau Beech, Moore and Chris Davenport were named to the preseason all-conference team.
The Ospreys seem to be building momentum heading into conference play that will start in January. The five-game winning streak also matches the largest under coach Driscoll. They will look to continue to make school history in what could shape up to be one of the most successful season’s the Ospreys have ever had.