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Bye bye

FAU falls to South Alabama 79-76 in overtime Thursday and is eliminated from earning a bye in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

Originally published on 2/23/2012

by Marcus Nelson

BOCA RATON – Florida Atlantic is still looking for some sudden improvement to make a run during the Sun Belt Conference tournament

After Thursday's 79-76 overtime loss to South Alabama, the Owls will get an extra game to figure things out.

Losing to South Alabama eliminates FAU from earning a first-round bye in the upcoming Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

But to have any success in the tournament, the Owls will have to have a quick improvement.

“The team has been inconsistent all year,” said FAU coach Mike Jarvis. “There are some years when it doesn't happen. This happens to be one of those years where I don't think we have had enough guys really make the commitment to have a good team.”

The Owls needed two free throws by Greg Gantt with 19 seconds to force overtime tied at 67.

“I felt pretty confident going into overtime because I felt that we are the better team and overtime games are when he can really step up and accept the challenge,” said FAU guard Dennis Mavin.

Instead, South Alabama quickly jumped up by six points in overtime and, led by Mychel Ammons who had nine of his 26 points after regulation, won the game when a desperation shot by Ray Taylor was off the mark.

“Anytime a team scores right off the bat in overtime it's big,” Jarvis said.

FAU was led by 26 points by Gantt.

GameBrowser: South Alabama 79, FAU 76 OT

GameChanger

Mychal Ammons' 3-pointer just two minutes into the overtime period gave the Jaguars a 75-69 lead and
turned momentum solidly in South Alabama's favor.

Trending Topics

  • With the loss, the Owls appear to be destined to end their season on a whimper.
  • South Alabama was so dominant in the overtime, it's a wonder the Owls were able to extend the game.
  • Guards Greg Gantt and Ray Taylor were challenged to come up big, but only showed marginal improvement over their play the last few games.


Key stats
3 – Field goals the Owls made in overtime out of 10 shots
20 – Points by Ammons in the second half in overtime
9 – Fouls by FAU's starting front-court of Kelvin Penn, who fouled out, and Kore White

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FAU will play Troy in the last game of the regular season at 7 p.m. Saturday.
 

 

 

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Breakdown Box

Re-Tweet Replay

  • South Alabama at #FAU: Owl starters...Taylor, Tucker, Gantt, Penn, White
  • USA 13 #FAU 9 u16, 1st: Jaguars start off 4-of-5 (80%) from field.
  • USA 18, #FAU 16 u12, 1st: Penn, White have each picked up two early fouls
  • #FAU 25, USA 20, u8, 1st: Owls have 11 points off turnovers. South Alabama 0
  • #FAU 28, USA 26 u4, 1st: Richardson is saving the best for last in his career. He already has 8 points.
  • Halftime: #FAU 35, South Alabama 30...Greg Gantt has a game-high 12 points
  • USA 42, #FAU 39 u16, 2nd: Jags are on 12-4 run since halftime
  • #FAU 50 USA 46 u12, 2nd: Shavar Richardson also in double figures with 13 points
  • #FAU 56, USA 54 u8, 2nd: Kelvin Penn and Kore White both have four fouls, which could come up big down the stretch
  • USA 63, #FAU 58 u4, 2nd: Jaguars capped a 11-0 run to take control with back-to-back slams by Ammons and Rubit
  • USA 67, #FAU 67, 0:20, 2nd: Gantt hits 2 of 2 free throws and South Alabama will get a chance at last shot of game
  • End of regulation: FAU 67, South Alabama 67...Goldstein missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer
  • USA 76 #FAU 74, 0:59, OT: Richardson's Big 3 makes South Alabama's next possesion a big one
  • FINAL: South Alabama 79, #FAU 76: Greg Gantt leads Owls with 21 points, but FAU loses third consecutive game

 

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