FAU guard Greg Gantt scored 21 points in FAU's victory over Warner last season. (OwlAccess.com file photo)
FAU will be looking to climb above .500 for the first time this season when NAIA opponent Warner comes to Boca Raton.
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Florida Atlantic will try for its first three-game winning streak of the season on Sunday when NAIA foe Warner makes its way from Lake Wales to South Florida.
The Owls have been riding the scorching shooting of senior guard Greg Gantt, who has lit up the Owls' last three opponents for a combined 92 points, including a career-high 34 in a victory over Stetson on Thursday. That victory elevated Owls' record to the .500 mark for the first time this season (4-4).
This will be the fourth consecutive season the Owls have faced the Royals. The first meeting between the two schools has been the most memorable.
In that game the Owls needed triple overtime to finally defeat the Royals 106-99. Then a freshman, Gantt only scored 13 in that game but has topped the 20-point mark in the past two games against Warner. Neither of those two contests were close.
After winning six of its first seven games to start the season, Warner enters Sunday's game having lost its last three – all against Sun Conference foes. The Royals' best victory of the season was over Division II Rollins.
The Warner game is the second in a string five non-conference games for the Owls, which will conclude with the Dec. 21 game at Indiana.
Need to Knows: Royals at Owls
Warner (6-4, 0-3 NAIA-Sun Conf.)
at FAU (4-4, 1-1 Sun Belt)
- About the Royals: Halstead Chiverton (12.1), Brice Kachinski (13.3), Mark St. Fort (18.0) and Ian Wilhelm (18.6) are all averaging double figures in scoring for Warner. ...St. Fort is also averaging 9.7 rebounds per game. ...Sean Hanrahan likes to substitute liberally. Seven Royals are averaging at least 20 minutes per game, but none average more than 29.
- About the Owls: Gantt's big night against Stetson overshadowed three other double-figure performances for FAU. Stefan Moody came off the bench to score 17, while Jordan McCoy and Pablo Bertone added 12 apiece. ...Bertone nearly tallied a double-double last season against the Royals with an 11-rebound, 9-point outing. ...Point guard Jackson Trapp is looking to bounce back after turning the ball over six times and failing to make a field goal against Stetson.