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Greg Gantt drains an early jumper en route to scoring 34 points in the FAU's 88-78 victory over Stetson on Thursday. (Photo by Ralph Landau)

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Gantt goes off

Greg Gantt's career-high 34 points leads FAU to a double-digit victory over state-rival Stetson.

Originally published on 12/6/2012

by Chuck King

For much of Florida Atlantic's 88-78 victory over Stetson on Thursday the more entertaining question didn't surround the outcome but rather the ability of Greg Gantt to break the Owls' single-game scoring record.

Gantt's 34 points on the night came up five points shy of the record. Other than that, FAU (4-4) really didn't have much to complain about in Deland.

Coming off consecutive 29-point outings, Gantt drained his first six shots en route to a 21-point first half.

“Greg Gantt got them off to an unbelievable start with those shots and put us in a hole early,” Stetson coach Casey Alexander said.

The senior guard even overcame a brief bout of nausea that caused him to have to leave the game to vomit. Upon returning, Gantt kept shooting. He finished the game shooting 13-for-23 and hit all three of his free throw attempts. Gantt also grabbed seven rebounds in a game-high 37 minutes.

The 34-point outing was Gantt's career best and tied for the sixth best in school history. DeAndre Rice (2007) and Earnest Crumbley (2004) currently hold FAU's single game scoring record with 39.

Gannt scored 16 of the Owls' first 22 points, draining open shot after open shot, propelling FAU to open a 16-point first half lead.

“That's what great players do,” Alexander said.

A 5-minute drought late in the half allowed Stetson to close within seven points, but early into the second half FAU had extended that lead to 18 - its biggest lead of the night.

Stetson (2-5) once again closed to within seven midway through the second half. The Owls responded and held a double-digit lead for the final three minutes of the game.

“The guys came into an opposing team's house (and) took control of the game from the very beginning,” FAU coach Mike Jarvis said. “Every  time they made a run we had an answer for them.”

Ralph Landau contributed to this story
 

GameBrowser: Owls 88, Hatters 78


Moving forward: Andre Mattison only scored four points, but two of those came on late free throws that stunted a Stetson run. ...Stefan Moody came off the bench to score 16. ...Kelvin Penn grabbed seven rebounds in 21 minutes. ...The 88 points by FAU bettered their previous season-high by 16.

Moving backward: Freshman point guard Jackson Trapp didn't make a field goal and turned the ball over six times. FAU coach Mike Jarvis said after the game that Trapp is dealing with minor injuries ...FAU continues to have trouble maintaining big leads. Twice they let the Hatters back in the game.

Key stat: 23 - made free throws in 30 attempts by FAU (76.7 percent)

Up next:
The Owls host NAIA Warner on Sunday at 3 p.m.

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  • Trapp, Gantt, Bertone, McCoy and Dragan get the start for FAU at Stetson. Tipoff moments away.
  • U16 Gantt off to hot start. Has 8 of Owls first 12. FAU leads Stetson 12-5.
  • U12 Gantt hasn't missed yet and has outscored #Stetson all by himself with 16 points. #FAU 22, Stetson 12.
  • U8 Owls continue hot play. Boast biggest lead of the game. #FAU 30, #Stetson 14.
  • U4: After hitting first 6 shots, Gantt finally misses. Owls' sloppy play prompts Stetson run. FAU 30, Stetson 23.
  • HALF: Gantt heats up again in the closing minutes. 21 pt. first half. #FAU 41, Stetson 28
  • Why is Gantt off to such a good start this season? Learn about it in this story: http://fauowlaccess.com/articles/340/fau-at-stetson-preview.aspx.
  • U16: Owls extend lead to 18 in opening moments of second half. FAU 54, Stetson 36.
  • U!2: Owls hit another dry spell. Dragan 4 fouls, Moody has 3. Stetson cuts FAU lead to 58-48.
  • U8: Gantt scored 29 in each of last 2 games. Not this time. Already has career-high 30. FAU 64, Stetson 56.
  • U4: Gantt has 34. FAU all-time single game record is 39. FAU up 74-62, Moody at the line. 3:38 remaining.
  • Final: FAU 88, Stetson 78. Owls close out the Hatters without a problem, evening their record on the season.
     

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