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Illness will keep Pablo Bertone off the floor when the Owls face the Mean Green on Thursday. (OwlAccess.com file photo)

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Bertone out for UNT

An esophageal infection kept Pablo Bertone, FAU's third leading scorer, from making the trip to North Texas.

Originally published on 2/20/2013

by Chuck King

FAU will get two injured players back for Thursday's basketball game at North Texas but will be without an even more important cog against the Mean Green.

Junior guard Pablo Bertone is suffering from what is believed to be an esophageal virus and a team spokesman said Bertone didn't make the trip with the Owls.

FAU coach Mike Jarvis said the illness has kept Bertone from being able to eat the past couple days.

“It's more important to have him next week for sure,” Jarvis said.

Playing through the effects of the ailment, Bertone scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. Jarvis said the situation has grown worse since then.

“He probably played as well as he's played (this season) on Saturday,” Jarvis said.

Bertone started 23 of the Owls' 28 games so far, and his 8.9 points per game is third most on the Owls.  North Texas held Bertone scoreless in the first meeting of the season. FAU coaches are hopeful Bertone will be able to return for Saturday's home game against Arkansas-Little Rock.

The positive news for FAU is that freshman guards Jackson Trapp and Cavon Baker did make the trip. The pair had been recuperating from ankle injuries incurred against Florida International that forced them to miss the past three games.

Without Bertone, Trapp is likely to see significant time for the Owls. He's FAU's fifth leading scorer at 5.4 points per game and Trapp's 55 assists are second most on the team despite only averaging 22 minutes per game. 

Baker has been used sparingly this season but may play more than he normally would because of Bertone's absence.

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  FAU (12-16, 7-10 Sun Belt)
at North Texas (10-18, 5-12 Sun Belt)

About the Owls: FAU lost to North Texas 61-59 in overtime on January 19 in The Burrow. ...Only Greg Gantt (22) and Stefan Moody (12) scored in double figures in that game for the Owls. ...At 37 percent, FAU is second in the Sun Belt in 3-point shooting percentage.

About the Mean Green: At 29 percent, North Texas is the worst 3-point shooting team in the Sun Belt. ...North Texas also allows opponents to shoot 39 percent from behind the arc – the highest mark in the Sun Belt. ...Tony Mitchell averages 8.3 rebounds per game, fourth in the Sun Belt. ...Mitchell led all scorers and rebounders with 24 and 8 in the first meeting between the two schools.

 

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