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Pablo Bertone fades away for two of his 12 points in FAU's 75-70 victory over ULL.(OwlAccess.com photo)

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Too much Gantt

Greg Gantt scores 23 points to lead FAU past Louisiana-Lafayette and even the Owls' record at 8-8.

Originally published on 1/3/2013

by Alyssa Barbieri

BOCA RATON –Every victory is important to Florida Atlantic coach Mike Jarvis, but defeating Louisiana-Lafayette 75-70 on Thursday had added significance as the Owls prepare for a two-game road trip against conference powerhouses Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky.

 “We’re still nowhere near where we’d like it to be, but it’s getting better,” Jarvis said. “As a coach you just want to see things starting to evolve. You want to see a little more fluidity, a little more cohesiveness, see more guys contributing and that’s what’s happening.”

It was evident early on that the Ragin’ Cajuns were focused on making Owls leading scorer Greg Gantt a non-factor in the game. That strategy worked early on in the first half, but Gantt eventually wore out defenders and found ways to get open and make shots.

“They can do all that denying, all that chasing me and trying to punk me the first couple minutes of the game, but their legs are going to get tired eventually,” said Gantt, who finished with a team-high 23 points. “As a team I feel like we can run all day. The way our offense is that you can’t do that for 40 minutes. You’re going to get hit with so many screens you’re eventually going to give up something.”

FAU led from the midway point of the first half on, but the Ragin’ Cajuns (6-10, 2-3 Sun Belt) hung around for the entire game. The Owls were able to avoid a second-half collapse that has reared its head several times this season.

The Owls (8-8, 3-2) had three players in double digits, including freshman guard Stefan Moody (16) and guard Pablo Bertone (12). Moody also had a career-high nine rebounds.

GameBrowser: FAU 75, Louisiana-Lafayette 70

  • Moving forward: Stefan Moody scored 16 points and nabbed a career-high 9 rebounds ... Pablo Bertone scored 12 points and added 3 assists and 2 rebounds … Greg Gantt scored a game-high 23 points
  • Moving backward: Chris Bryant was held scoreless and had one rebound in his short stint on the court. ...Richard Morrow didn't play due to concussion-like symptoms.
  • Key stat: 18 – free throws made by FAU
  • Up next: FAU begins a two-game conference road trip at Middle Tennessee on Thursday at 8 p.m.

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> By The Numbers: Official Boxscore

Re-Tweet Replay

  • #FAU Hoops: Starting line-up vs. ULL: McCoy, Gantt, Bertone, Moody, Penn
  • ULL 7, #FAU 6, u16, 1st: After Bertone's 3-pointer to start the game, ULL went on a 7-0 run before Moody knocked down a 3-pointer
  • #FAU 19, ULL 17, u12, 1st: ULL is doing everything they can to eliminate Gantt. With his first shot of the game he connected on a 3-pointer
  • #FAU 23, ULL 17, u8, 1st: McCoy has scored the last 4 points. He also has 4 rebounds so far. Bertone leads the Owls with 7 points.
  • #FAU 32, ULL 23, u4, 1st: FAU starting to knock down some shots. Moody has two 3-pointers as Owls try to build on first-half lead
  • Halftime: #FAU 39, ULL 27
  • The second half is underway.#FAU leads ULL 39-27
  • #FAU 49, ULL 38, u16, 2nd: Gantt and Bertone both in double digits for the Owls
  • #FAU 56, ULL 45, u12, 2nd: Gantt coming alive in the 2nd half. He had 10 points in 1st half and already has 9 in the 2nd.
  • #FAU 63, ULL 55, u8, 2nd: The Owls have three players in double digits. Gantt 19, Bertone 12, Moody 10
  • #FAU 69, ULL 63, u4, 2nd: Moody has scored 6 points in the last 2 minutes. Owls trying to hold off the Ragin' Cajuns
  • Moody has 8 rebounds tonight, which ties a career-high set back on Nov. 18 at Elon. FAU leads 71-65 with 1:52 remaining
  • Moody with a career-high 9 rebounds tonight. FAU leads 74-68 with 18 seconds left
  • FINAL: #FAU 75, ULL 70; Owls win second consecutive game and are back at .500 with an 8-8 record

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