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Starting slow

Florida Atlantic falls to No. 11 North Carolina 80-56 in the Owls' opening game of the season on Sunday.

Originally published on 11/11/2012

by Marcus Nelson

Florida Atlantic's season opening game on Sunday against North Carolina is technically part of the Maui Invitational even though it was played in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Owls' matchup vs. the No. 11 Tar Heels was billed as the "Maui on the Mainland" portion of the tournament, but it was no vacation for FAU as it lost 80-56.

The Owls (0-1) trailed just 32-24 at halftime, but FAU had no answer for North Carolina center James Michael McAdoo, who had 19 points and 11 rebounds.

“Overall I just thought we were going to be a lot more competitive for 40 minutes,” FAU coach Mike Jarvis told FAU play-by-play announcer Ken Lavicka on ESPN 760 after the game. “We were competitive for parts of the game. That's not good enough.”

FAU freshman point guard Stefan Moody struggled in his debut, scoring eight points but committed six turnovers and only had one assist.

Senior guard Greg Gantt led the Owls with 18 points.

FAU center Dragan Sekelja had nine points, but only two rebounds in his FAU debut. The 7-footer sat out last season after transferring from Baylor.

“Dragan's got a big load to carry over and is probably trying to do too much,” Jarvis said.

Owl Analysis: No. 11 North Carolina 80, FAU 56

  • Moving Forward: FAU freshman guard Cavon Baker had a better day running the point than starter Stefan Moody, dishing out three assists. ...Forward Jordan McCoy had 10 rebounds.
  • Moving Backward: The Owls had 17 turnovers, including six by Moody, who was playing in his first college game. ...FAU shot 27.9 percent from the field.
  • Key Stat: FAU was outrebounded 56-36
  • Up Next: The Owls return to the site of one of their biggest victories in school history when they travel to Starkville, Miss. to face Mississippi State on Tuesday in another game part of the Maui Invitational.


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  • #FAU Hoops: Owls F Chris Bryant has not been cleared and won't play today vs. No. 11 North Carolina.
  • #FAU at No. 11 #UNC: Owls starters are G Stefan Moody, G Greg Gantt, G Pablo Bertone, F Jordan McCoy, C Dragan Sekelja
  • Owls don't seem to be terribly intimidated by Tar Heels so far. Early, but they are holding their own. #UNC 9, #FAU 8 u16, 1st.
  • Both teams showing signs that this is an early-season game with sloppy play. #UNC 17, #FAU 11 u12, 1st.
  • Gantt's 3-pointer tied it at 19 and he already in double-figures with 10 pts. #UNC 22 #FAU 19 u8, 1st
  • Back-to-back dunks by Heels and then Sekelja picks up 3rd foul. #UNC 30 #FAU 23 u4 1st.
  • Halftime: #UNC 32, #FAU 24...Gantt 13 points, McCoy 7 rebounds. Heels with 31-20 rebounding edge.
  • McAdoo is impressive, but also impressive was that 3-pointer by Sekelja. #UNC 45 #FAU 33 u16 2nd
  • Jarvis almost gets T on a brutal no-call #UNC 53 #FAU 40 u12 2nd
  • Owls blow two layups on same possesion, then a Tar Heel slam. #UNC 62 #FAU 46 u8 2nd
  • Gantt has 18, but that's not going to be enough today. #UNC 74 #FAU 49 u4 2nd
  • FINAL: #UNC 80 #FAU 56...Owls fall to Tar Heels in opener. Gantt leads Owls with 18 points.

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