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Final: ULL 58, FAU 57


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FAU once again failed to get a shot off in the final seconds, falling to Louisiana-Lafayette 58-57.

Originally published on 2/16/2013

by Chuck King

When the game is on the line, FAU may want to make sure the ball is not in the hands of its leading scorer, Greg Gantt.

For the fifth time this season the Owls had the ball in the closing seconds with a chance to win or tie only to fail to get a shot off, giving Louisiana-Lafayette a 58-57 victory in the CajunDome.

Elfrid Payton's circus shot with 6 seconds remaining put the Ragin' Cajuns up by a point. Any chance the Owls would have to win rolled out of bounds when Gantt lost control of his dribble.

That was the second time in a week that Gantt failed to launch a game-winning shot in the closing seconds. A Gantt turnover last Saturday against South Alabama gave the Jaguars a one-point victory. Gantt also committed two other turnovers in similar situations earlier this season.

Making matters worse, the misplay in the final seconds was Gantt's second turnover in the final minute. Compounding Gantt's struggles, Pablo Bertone also missed the front end of a one-and-one with 19 seconds remaining to set up Payton's game winner.

Most of the night was utterly forgettable for Gantt, who didn't have a field goal in the first half. One of the nation's Top 10 scorers, Gantt missed his first 14 shots before finally connecting from close range nearly four minutes into the second half.

From that point until the final minute, Gantt played like the Sun Belt's leading scorer, helping the Owls erase a 10-point second half deficit. Gantt's 18 points were a game high and helped FAU (12-16, 7-10) build a five point lead late in the game.

Shawn Long led ULL (10-17, 6-10) with 16 points.


GameBrowser: ULL 58, FAU 57

Moving forward: Jordan McCoy grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds. His previous career high was 12. He also had eight points. ...Dragan Sekelja struggled defensively, but he did have seven points in 8 minutes.

Moving backward: Richard Morrow committed two early turnovers and managed only 2 points in 11 minutes. ...As a team FAU made only 57 percent of its free throws (12-of-21). ...Kelvin Penn was not credited with a point and had only three rebounds.

Key stat: 22 – percent shooting for FAU in the first half. The Owls made 6 field goals.

Up next: FAU travels to the Dallas area to face North Texas on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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  • FAU starters: Moody, Gantt, Morrow, McCoy and Penn. About to tip-off at ULL
  • U16: FAU struggling offensively early – only one FG. ULL leading scorer Long has 2 quick fouls. ULL 11, FAU 4
  • U12: FAU still has only 1 FG. Gantt has four made free throws. ULL leads FAU 15-7.
  • U8: FAU now has three field goals. Owls getting to the line but are only 6-of-12 there. McCoy is 1-for-6 and heading to the line. ULL leads 19-12
  • U4: Owls making a bit of a run – at one point cut ULL lead to 2. Bertone has 7 points. ULL 27, FAU 20
  • Half: ULL 31, FAU 22. Owls make only 6 FGs in first half – shoot barely better than 20 percent. Gantt 0-10 from the floor.
  • FAU starters combined to make two shots in the first half – both by Stefan Moody. Don't win many games like that
  • Not sure this is a stat, but FAU's made shot-to-turnover ratio is 6-to-7. Hey, the turnovers are down...
  • U16: Greg Gantt finally has his first field goal. Now has six points. ULL leads FAU 33-26.
  • U12: FAU's offense starting to hit shots. Now the defense is struggling to make stops. ULL 44, FAU 37.
  • U8: FAU has finally figured out how to score. McCoy ties the game at 46. Bertone gives Owls first lead. Game now tied at 50.
  • Not quite the media timeout, but worth noting that a Gantt 3 now has FAU up 55-50. McCoy with 17 rebs. Previous high 12.
  • U4: FAU has put itself in a position to win, but Owls' late-game troubles well known. Does their luck change? FAU 57, ULL 52.
  • FINAL: FAU again fails to get a shot off in final seconds. Lose to ULL 58-57.

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