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ULM 65, FAU 64


Another late collapse

Owls blow double-digit second half lead, lose on 3-pointer in the final seconds.

Originally published on 12/29/2012

by Chuck King

Florida Atlantic's inability to close out games showed itself again on Saturday when the Owls blew a double-digit second half lead and fell to ULM 65-64.

FAU (6-8, 2-2 Sun Belt) took the lead in the opening minutes of the second half with 14-2 run and led all the way into the closing seconds. Trent Mackey drained what turned out to be the deciding 3-pointer for ULM with 10 seconds remaining, giving the WarHawks their first lead since the opening minutes of the half.

One game after becoming FAU's all-time leading scorer, Greg Gantt led the Owls with 25 points - 10 of which came in that 14-2 run. Gantt, though, didn't score in the final 8 minutes.

Two Pablo Bertone free throws gave the Owls a 54-44 lead with a little less than 7 minutes remaining. ULM (2-7, 1-2 Sun Belt) trimmed that lead to one on a Marcelis Hansberry lay-up with 3:30 remaining. The Owls quickly pushed the lead back to six with five points from Pablo Bertone but were unable to shake the WarHawks.

A Bertone 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining gave the Owls a four point lead, before a layup by Jayon James set the stage for Mackey's heroics. James led all scorers with a career-high 26 points.

FAU was unable to get a shot off following Mackey's 3-pointer. Gantt lost the ball out of bounds on a play in which he thought he was fouled.

GameBrowser: ULM 65, FAU 64

Moving forward: Jordan McCoy's 14 points were a season high. ...Pablo Bertone made all 7 of his free throws and drained two big 3-pointers late in the game en route to 16 points. Kelvin Penn recorded 4 of the Owls' 9 blocked shots.

Moving backward: Stefan Moody's return from a 3-game suspension was a dud. The Owls' second-leading scorer picked up two quick fouls and ended the game scoreless after missing critical free throws down the stretch. ....FAU's bench managed only four points - all of them coming from Andre Mattison.

Key stat: 20 - turnovers for FAU.

Up next:
FAU hosts Hofstra in a New Year's Day contest that tips off at 2 p.m.

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  • The start of the #FAU basketball game at ULM is being delayed because the women's game is running long.
  • Morrow, Gantt, McCoy, Penn, and Bertone will get the start for #FAU against ULM. Tip-off in moments.
  • U16: Both offenses struggling. FAU on pace for 40 turnovers. FAU 2, ULM 2.
  • U12: Moody returns from 3 game suspension, promptly picks up 2 fouls, then heads back to the bench. ULM 6, FAU 4.
  • U8: Greg Gantt is heating up - which means the FAU offense as a whole is picking up. ULM 15, FAU 14.
  • U4: FAU falls behind by 6, but Gantt erases the deficit with back to back 3s. Then picks up his second foul. FAU 22, ULM 22
  • Half: Gantt (13) and McCoy (9) combined for 22 of the Owls' 26 first half points. ULM 28, FAU 26
  • U16: 10 more points from Gantt power Owls to a 14-2 run to start the second half. FAU 40 ULM 30
  • U12: Jordan McCoy now has 12 points for FAU. ULM shooting 33 percent from the field. FAU 43, ULM 35.
  • U8: FAU's bench has contributed 2 points so far (Mattison). Owls still lead ULM 50-43.
  • U4: ULM has cut Owls' lead to 3. Yet another FAU game going down to the wire. FAU 56, ULM 53.
  • Mackey his a 3 with 10 seconds remaining to give ULM a 65-64 lead over FAU. ULM ball with 2.4 left.
  • FINAL: ULM trailed by double digits in the second half but comes back to beat FAU 65-64.

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