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FAU plays one of its worst games of the year in 25-point loss to Arkansas St.

Originally published on 1/26/2013

by Chuck King

Perhaps tired of losses resulting from second-half collapses, FAU tried to see whether a first-half collapse would change its luck. Nope.

Arkansas St. (12-8, 6-5) earned revenge for an early season loss at The Burrow by throttling FAU 63-38 in Jonesboro.

FAU (10-12, 5-6) shots missed the rim entirely almost as many times as they found the bottom of the nets - and that was when they were able to get shots off.  The Owls turned the ball over 21 times against an undermanned Red Wolves squad, which turned those turnovers into 27 points.

The Owls' managed only two assists on the night, which might actually be pretty good considering they only made 13 field goals.

Coming off a shocking loss to Arkansas-Little Rock on Thursday that saw FAU blow a 22-point lead, FAU coach Mike Jarvis chose to juggle the starting line-up. Swapping Dragan Sekelja and Jackson Trapp for Jordan McCoy and Pablo Bertone resulted in a big bunch of nothing.

FAU starters combined to score six points in an 18-point second half - all six coming from Greg Gantt.

Despite the putrid first-half shooting, FAU only trailed by 12 at the half. ASU wasted little time removing FAU's hope.

 

GameBrowser: ASU 63, FAU 38

Moving forward: Rich Morrow scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Moving backward: Greg Gantt scored 13 points and never looked comfortable. Gantt's dislocated finger suffered last week appears to be affecting his shot. ...Stefan Moody had as many turnovers as points (4). Jackson Trapp drew the start, but didn't score and turned the ball over 3 times.

Key stat: 0 - 3-pointers made  by FAU, missing all 10 trys.

Up next:
FAU return home to play Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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  • FAU shakes up starting lineup: The Dragon and Jackson Trapp, along with Penn, Moody and Gantt start. McCoy and Bertone on bench.
  • Does it make sense for FAU to change its starters when the problem has been that the Owls can't finish games?
  • U16. How's the lineup change working? #FAU looks as bad as its looked all year. Owls can't even hit the rum on most trips. ASU 2 FAU ZERO
  • U12 - Northern Illinois set a record by scoring on 4 first half points today. #FAU has that record on its mind. ASU 9, FAU 2.
  • U8 - FAU coach Mike Jarvis preaches assist-to-turnover ratio. Forget assists. FAU has 9 turnovers and only 8 points. ASU 20-8
  • U4: FAU has reached double figures. Switch to zone defense seems to be working. ASU 24-15
  • HALF: As badly as FAU played in the first half the Owls are still in the game. ASU 30-18.
  • Greg Gantt was the only FAU starter to score in the first half. He has 6.
  • U16: FAU once again starts slowly in the second half. ASU up 37-22.
  • U12: FAU inching toward 20 turnovers. Could be their worst game of the year against a team they beat once already. ASU 46-24
  • FINAL: Mercifully it's over. ASU 63, FAU 38.

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