FAU senior guard Greg Gantt has led the Owls in scoring the last three seasons. (Owl Access Photo)
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Greg Gantt needs 29 points to become FAU's all-time leading scorer and could break the record on Friday at No. 6 Indiana.
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BOCA RATON - The who is arguably the best in FAU history isn't even a household name inside his own arena.
When displaying Greg Gantt's name on the arena video board as the answer to Tuesday's in-game trivia question, FAU managed to spell both his first and last names wrong.
It happens to Gantt all the time.
“They spell it with two G's [at the end of the first name] and one T – especially in the academic department,” Gantt said. “That stuff doesn't really bother me. I'm just thankful to be playing basketball and graduate.”
FAU better get accustomed to writing Gantt's name. With a good outing on Friday at No. 6 Indiana, Gantt could become the Owls' all-time leading scorer.
Thoughtful, soft-spoken and generally quiet both on and off the court, Gantt didn't learn until Wednesday that he needs 29 points to pass Earnest Crumbley's 1,559 as the Owls' career best.
“Really? I had no idea” said Gantt, who has three games of 29 points or more this season.
Even if Gantt doesn't set the record in Bloomington, he'll likely break the mark before before the start of the new year. After Indiana, the Owls travel to Troy and Louisiana-Monroe.
The senior from Gainesville led the Owls in scoring during each of his three seasons in Boca Raton – doing most of his damage from outside. Gantt's team-leading 21.3 points per game this year (currently eighth-best in the NCAA) is better than in any previous season and this season he's also second on the team in rebounding.
“He's realized that against most of the teams we play he can score inside,” FAU coach Mike Jarvis said.
Gantt's chances of breaking the FAU scoring record during the Indiana game took a hit earlier this week when the Owls suspended second-leading scorer Stefan Moody, along with guard Cavon Baker, for three games following an undisclosed violation to team rules.
Without Moody in the line-up, the Hoosiers can apply all their defensive efforts toward shutting down Gantt.
“(Greg) Gantt can really score the ball,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “(FAU) moves the ball well and they run a ton of screening actions. They utilize them really well, whether they are curling or clearing out to look for a drive or using the 3-point line. Any Mike Jarvis team is going to be a well-coached, disciplined team.”
At tip-off on Friday, Gantt says his focus will be on winning, not the record.
“When you are in the game, you are not really thinking about stuff like that,” he said. “You are trying to concentrate on the game.”
Need To Knows: FAU @ No. 6. Indiana
FAU (5-6, 1-1 Sun Belt)
at No. 6 Indiana (10-1, 0-0 Big 10)
About the Owls: The No. 6 Hoosiers are the highest-ranked team FAU has faced since losing to No. 4 Kansas in 2007. ...Walk-on Richard Morrow may not play the 17 minutes he saw in Tuesday's Stetson game, but Jarvis still expects him to see significant action. ...With Moody suspended, Pablo Bertone (7.1 ppg) is the Owls' second-leading scorer.
About the Hoosiers: Indiana was the No. 1 team in the nation prior to Saturday's loss against Butler. ...Reserve guard Maurice Creek suffered an ankle injury in practice on Sunday and is not expected to play. ...The Hoosiers have five players averaging in double figures, led by Cody Zeller (15.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg.).