FAU coach mike Jarvis is looking for better defensive play late in games. (Photo courtesy of Owl Pix)
Needing a stop
FAU coach Mike Jarvis is looking for better defensive play late in games to help the Owls win tight contests.
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FAU coach Mike Jarvis doesn't select FAU's struggles to score points late in games as the reason the Owls keep losing close ones.
Instead, he's harping on defense.
“I can look at the fact that we are seven stops and 11 points away from 19 wins,” Jarvis said.
Five times this season FAU lost games where it failed to get off a shot in the closing seconds with the chance to tie or take the lead.
The Owls were also one defensive stand from winning Thursday's game against North Texas before it reached overtime, but Greg Gantt fouled Jordan Williams with 37 seconds remaining and he promptly sank two free throws for the final points of regulation.
FAU went on to lose to North Texas, failing to score in the overtime period.
“We have to be able to make the key stops at the key times,” Jarvis said. “That's usually for us at the end of the games.”
One of those failed stops came against Arkansas-Little Rock on Jan. 24, when Kemy Osse's put-back with 35 seconds remaining gave the Trojans a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
The Trojans are coming to Boca Raton on Saturday to face an Owls' squad that can't quite seem to grasp victories in tight games.
“Forget about the offense, forget about the ball handling, forget about everything else - if we made seven more stops we'd have seven more wins,” Jarvis said.
UALR (15-13, 9-8 Sun Belt)
at FAU (12-17, 7-11 Sun Belt)
About the Trojans: UALR is coming off a 65-52 loss to Florida International. ...The Trojans are second to last in the Sun Belt when it comes to free throw shooting, connecting on only 66 percent of their attempts. ...The Trojans are also second to last in the conference in 3-point shooting, draining 5.2 per game. ...Will Neighbour scored 24 points in the Trojans victory over the Owls on January 24.
About the Owls: FAU surrendered an 18-point second-half lead in the Jan. 24 loss to UALR. ...Stefan Moody led the Owls with 24 points in that game. The Trojans limited Greg Gantt to 13. ...Gantt remains the nation's seventh leading scorer, averaging 21.2 points. ...Jackson Trapp returned to the Owls on Thursday after missing three games with an ankle injury. He scored five points.