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FAU coach Mike Jarvis is looking for Jackson Trapp to return to early season form when the Owls host Stetson on Tuesday. (OwlAccess.com file photo)

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Sharpening the point

FAU coach Mike Jarvis is still looking for consistency at point guard.

Originally published on 12/17/2012

by Chuck King

BOCA RATON – Florida Atlantic's final two games of the calendar year will go a long way toward determining who will be the Owls' point guard when Sun Belt Conference play resumes in early January.

Jackson Trapp took over the point guard role in the third game of the season and played well immediately thereafter. His last few outings, though, have left much to be desired, generating more turnovers than points or assists.

Trapp has been dealing with bruised ribs which have limited his playing time in recent games, but FAU coach Mike Jarvis says the injury is improving and that he needs to see that translate into improved play from the freshman.

“I don't know what happened with (Trapp), but we'll find out a lot more about that this week because I am playing him against Stetson,” Jarvis said.

Should Jarvis decide to make the switch, he'd likely ask scoring guard Stefan Moody to return to the point. Moody, also a freshman, started there in the first two games of the season but has been successfully coming off the bench in recent games.

In that role Moody has become the Owls' second-leading scorer and Jarvis is reluctant to mess with success.

“We might have to [start Moody at point], but I don't want to,” Jarvis said. “Once you take Stef off the two it changes the dynamics of the team.”

Trapp will get his first shot at improvement on Tuesday when FAU faces Stetson in The Burrow, which is somewhat ironic considering Trapp's struggles really began against the Hatters two weeks ago. In his first game after injuring the ribs, Trapp turned the ball over six times against four assists at Stetson.

An even tougher task will come at No. 6 Indiana on Friday.

First things first, though. In the season's first meeting against Stetson, FAU rode a career-high 34-point night by Greg Gantt to an easy win.

That victory makes the timing of Tuesday's second contest easier to deal with.

“It's good that, if you do beat a team, that you play them relatively soon,” Jarvis said. “You can concentrate some times on your own self because it's not like you haven't seen them.”

 

Need to Knows: Stetson at FAU.

 

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  Stetson  (2-7, 0-0 A-Sun)
at FAU (
5-5, 1-1 Sun Belt)

About the Hatters: Stetson has point guard issues of its own. Freshman Logan Irwin, who scored 13 points and had 4 assists in the first meeting with the Owls, has decided to transfer, leaving the Hatters with only one true point guard. ...Stetson is 0-2 since facing FAU, losing to Florida International and Richmond. ...Four Hatters are averaging double figures in scoring, led by Adam Pegg's 15.1.

About the Owls:
Stefan Moody (17) Jordan McCoy (12) and Pablo Bertone (12) all had double-figure scoring nights in the first outing against Stetson. ...Along with scoring a career-high 34 points, Greg Gantt tied McCoy for the team high in rebounds (7) in that game. ...FAU is 3-0 when scoring at least 70 points.

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