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North Texas 66, FAU 57 (OT)



FAU fails to score in overtime, loses to North Texas for the second time this season.

Originally published on 2/21/2013

by Chuck King

 FAU keeps finding new and unusual ways to lose close games. 

On Thursday the Owls went an entire overtime period without scoring, losing to North Texas 66-57 in Denton, Tex.

FAU (12-17, 7-11 Sun Belt) missed all eight field goal attempts in overtime and 10 their last 11 in the game.

The overtime loss is the second such defeat at the hands of the Mean Green this season. The Owls also lost 61-59 in overtime on January 19.

After going into halftime tied at 35, FAU appeared ready to blow away North Texas. The Owls came out of the locker room with an 8-0 run, but promptly watched the Mean Green reel off 10 consecutive points to re-take the lead.
Neither team opened much of cushion until North texas' overtime run. Greg Gantt's jumper with 56 seconds remaining in regulation gave the Owls a 57-55 lead, but North Texas tied the game on the ensuing possession when Gantt fouled Jordan Williams, who converted the two free throws.
Gantt, who led the Owls with 18 points, had another chance to give the Owls the lead but couldn't drain a good look. The Owls kept North Texas (11-18, 6-12 Sun Belt) off the scoreboard in the final seconds sending the game to overtime.

GameBrowser: North Texas 66, FAU 57 (OT)

Moving forward: After missing three games with an ankle injury freshman guard Jackson Trapp returned with five points, two assists and three rebounds. …Jordan McCoy continued his strong late-season play by scoring eight points and grabbing nine rebounds. ...Dragan Sekelja made all four field goal attempts and finished with eight points to go with three assists and three rebounds.
Moving backward: Kelvin Penn simply refuses to score. He started the game but managed only two points in 17 minutes. ...Stefan Moody made only six of his 21 shots. ...Junior guard Pablo Bertone did not make the trip to Texas because of an esophageal infection. 
Key stat: 22 – points from the free throw line for North Texas. FAU only attempted nine, making five.
Up next: The Owls' final two games of the regular season are at home, the first one coming on Saturday against Arkansas-Little Rock. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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