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Greg Gantt and the Owls will be looking to match last season's win total of 11 on Saturday against North Texas. (OwlAccess.com photo)

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Match game

Florida Atlantic will be trying to equal last season's win total when the Mean Green come to town on Saturday.

Originally published on 1/18/2013

by Alyssa Barbieri

Florida Atlantic has a chance to accomplish something on Saturday vs. North Texas that took them all of last year to do: amass 11 victories.

The Owls (10-9, 5-3 Sun Belt) are coming off arguably their best game of the season in a 80-59 victory over Troy on Thursday, in which they posted season highs in assists (24), field goals made (31) and three-pointers made (13).

“Winning begets winning,” said Owls coach Mike Jarvis. “Guys get used to winning just like they get used to losing. We’d like to get Saturday’s so that we can match last year’s win total. Then we can move forward from there.”

FAU and North Texas are squaring off for the first time this season and the teams are headed in opposite directions. The Owls have won four out of their last five games, including a crucial road victory over Western Kentucky on Jan. 12. Meanwhile, the Mean Green have lost three out of their last four games and have struggled mightily in conference play.

Guard Greg Gantt, who is fourth in the nation in scoring with 22.5 points per game, said Thursday’s victory was just the momentum the team needed to help keep their winning streak going and keep up with the top teams in the conference.

“We’ve got to come back with the same mental focus and take care of business Saturday,” he said.

 

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  North Texas  (7-12, 2-6 Sun Belt)
at FAU (
10-9, 5-3 Sun Belt)

About the Owls: The last time FAU faced UNT on Feb. 11, 2012, the Owls pulled out a victory in an 86-81 double-overtime thriller.…Center Dragan Sekelja had a breakout game Thursday vs. Troy scoring 6 points, nabbing 3 rebounds, doling out 5 assists and blocking one shot. ...Forward Kelvin Penn took an elbow to the forehead, which required several stitches, in the second half of Thursday’s victory over Troy, but he is expected to play vs. UNT. Penn is tied with The Mean Green's Tony Mitcher for the Sun Belt lead in blocks with 51. ...Averaging 14.4 points per game, Stefan Moody is now 10th in the Sun Belt in scoring.

About the Mean Green: UNT has lost three out of its last four games. ...Roger Franklin scored a game-high 29 points in a 70-64 loss to FIU. ...Tony Mitchell is averaging 13.8 ppg and 8.6 rebounds per game. Mitchell was widely considered to be a Sun Belt Player of the Year candidate before the start of the season. ...North Texas is last in the Sun Belt in 3-point shooitng. ...

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