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Over early

After falling behind early, FAU can't catch South Alabama as the Owls lose their Sun Belt Conference opener to the Jaguars 77-66 on Thursday at The Burrow.

Originally published on 11/29/2012

by Alyssa Barbieri

BOCA RATON – The first half of Florida Atlantic’s Sun Belt Conference opener against South Alabama proved to be the difference in the Owls’ 77-66 loss to the Jaguars on Thursday at the Burrow.

The Owls (2-4, 0-1 Sun Belt) seemed to be in control early in the first half. They led 10-6 before the Jaguars went on a 17-2 run that spelled the beginning of the end for FAU.

“It was like all of a sudden guys forgot who their best shooters were,” said Owls coach Mike Jarvis.

“You can’t lose your mental focus and not remember who the other team’s best shooters are. And that’s what happened.”

South Alabama led by as many as 18 points in the first half and held an 11-point halftime lead.

“We had a three-to-four minute span where we just shut down and they went on a run and we never recovered,” said senior guard Greg Gantt. “We didn’t make plays down the stretch defensively. We gave up offensive rebounds, defensive position, open 3’s.”

The Jaguars (3-3, 1-0) dominated the Owls in the paint and from 3-point range in the first half. USA made seven 3-pointers in the first half, but were held to 0-for-2 in the second half.

FAU couldn’t dig themselves out of their first-half deficit. Even during their best moments in the second half, the Owls couldn’t manage to trim the deficit to less than seven points.

“We didn’t click when we took quick shots, turned the ball over off one pass, forcing it inside off the dribble,” Gantt said. “[We’ve got to] limit our turnovers and just utilize our offense, utilize our strength and move the ball.”

Gantt, the Owls' leading scorer this season, scored 29 points, which tied his career-high. Freshman guard Stefan Moody scored 16 points.

GameBrowser: Jaguars 77, Owls 66

  • Moving Forward: F Jordan McCoy had 10 rebounds. ... G Greg Gantt tied his career-high with 29 points and was 5-of-8 on 3-pointers. ...G Javier Lacunza made his debut after missing the first five games with an arm injury.
  • Moving Backward: FAU had seven shots blocked, including four by Jaguars F Javier Carter. ...G Jackson Trapp was trying to do too much at point guard and had four turnovers. ...Andre Mattison played eight minutes with no shots or rebounds and picked up a foul.
  • Key Stat: South Alabama junior guard Xavier Roberson was 5-of-8 from behind the arc and had a career-high 23 points.
  • Up Next: FAU plays host to Arkansas State on Saturday at 8 p.m. The Red Wolves lost to FIU 80-61 on Thursday in their Sun Belt Conference opener snapping a four-game winning streak.

 


 

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Audio: Jarvis, Gantt Press Conference

 

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Re-Tweet Replay

  • #FAU vs. South Alabama: Lineup change tonight for Owls. F Kelvin Penn will start in place of Dragan Sekelja.
  • #FAU vs. South Alabama: Owls starters G Jackson Trapp, G Greg Gantt, G Pablo Bertone, G Jordan McCoy, F Kelvin Penn
  • #FAU vs. South Alabama: Student yells "Sun Belt Sucks" just before tip and is trying to get a "C-USA" chant going. Doesn't work.
  • #FAU 10, USA 6, u16, 1st: The Owls went on a 7-0 run after trailing 0-2 to start the game. Trapp leads FAU with 5 pts
  • Freshman Javier Lacunza sees his first action of the season #FAUhoops
  • USA 19, #FAU 10, u12, 1st: USA has gone on a 13-0 run, including sinking a trio of 3-pointers
  • USA 30, #FAU 19, u8, 1st: Owls struggling from the floor shooting 38.1% while the Jags are lighting it up from behind the arc
  • USA 37, #FAU 24, u4, 1st: Jags aren't missing many shots. And they're showing off their dunking skills. Owls struggling to keep up the pace
  • HALFTIME USA 44, #FAU 33: Gantt hits a 3-pointer at the buzzer
  • HALFTIME STATS: Gantt 14 pts, 6 reb; Trapp 7 pts, 2 ast; Moody 5 pts, 2 ast; FAU shooting 46.7 % from the floor
  • USA 44, #FAU 33: Second half is underway
  • USA 51, #FAU 41, u16, 2nd: Owls hit a pair of 3-pointers to open the half. Gantt has 19 pts
  • USA 53, #FAU 43, u12, 2nd: Owls trying to rally back from 10-pt deficit. Gantt with game-high 19 pts
  • USA 60, #FAU 47, u8, 2nd: Owls turning the ball over too much. Can't seem to get closer than an 8-pt deficit
  • USA 67, #FAU 57, u4, 2nd: Owls need to rally to overcome 10-pt deficit with just over 3 minutes remaining. Gantt with game-high 24 pts
  • USA 76 #FAU 66 25.3 2nd. Gantt hits 2 of 3 FTs and has 29 points. Ties his career high.
  • FINAL: USA 77, #FAU 66. Owls (2-4) lose Sun Belt Conference opener.

 

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