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FAU leading scorer Greg Gantt has been battling a stomache virus this week. ( photo)


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Starters Greg Gantt and Jackson Trapp have both missed practice time this week as the Owls prepare to face Dayton.

Originally published on 12/13/2012

by Chuck King

BOCA RATON - Two key players have missed practice time this week while FAU prepared to take their three-game winning streak on the road to face Dayton.

Leading scorer Greg Gantt and starting point guard Jackson Trapp are battling illness and injury, respectively. While Gantt is the Owls' leading scorer, Trapp's issue is the most concerning.

The freshman point guard injured his ribs diving for a ball late in the Dec. 1 victory over Arkansas State.

This week FAU coach Mike Jarvis held Trapp out of drills which might require contact and on Tuesday sent Trapp to have his ribs x-rayed.

“I want him to know there is absolutely nothing wrong and I want to be sure there is absolutely nothing wrong,” Jarvis said.

The x-ray came back negative, but Trapp is still hurting.

“It has affected me a little bit,” Trapp said. “It's kind of hard to breathe - to take deep breaths.”

Trapp surprisingly became the Owls' starting point guard in their third game of the season and brought stability to an inconsistent offense. He hasn't been the same player since the injury.

In Trapp's first five starts of the season he doled out 20 assists while committing 17 turnovers. In the two games since the injury, Trapp's assist-to-turnover ratio has plummeted to 5-to-11.

“I don't want to make an excuse,” Trapp said. “Mostly it's on me. I'm just not doing as well as I was before.”

Leading scorer Greg Gantt is still battling an intestinal virus that has dogged him since Monday. He missed all of Tuesday's practice and part of Wednesday's with nausea. Gantt, the reigning Sun Belt Player of the Week, said he was able to eat a solid meal on Wednesday night and participated in Thursday's workout.

Gantt said he still feels weak, but hopes that a couple solid meals over the next few hours will bring back his strength.

Both Gantt and Trapp are expected to be in the starting line-up when the Owls travel to Dayton on Saturday.

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