Greg Gantt and the Owls will try to cut down on turnovers against Hofstra on Tuesday. (OwlAccess.com file photo)
Turn off the turnovers
FAU needs to limit turnovers to win consistently. The Owls will be trying to take care of the ball when Hofstra comes to The Burrow on Tuesday.
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FAU coach Mike Jarvis hopes the Owls share his New Year's resolution: abolish the turnovers.
This comes on the heels of a one-point loss that featured 20 FAU turnovers and gave Louisiana-Monroe only its second victory of the season.
"It's not like the other team is forcing turnovers, we are just carelessly throwing the ball away," Jarvis said.
The Owls are near the bottom of the Sun Belt with 231 turnovers, and rank last in assist-to-turnover ratio. Only Rich Morrow, who hadn't seen significant playing time until four games ago, has more assists than turnovers for the Owls.
Turnovers kept FAU from putting away the Warhawks on Saturday and they ultimately squandered a double-digit second-half lead, losing on a three-pointer in the final seconds.
"We should be 4-0, 3-1 at worst [in the Sun Belt], but if we don't somehow figure out how to make passes to people on our team we are going to be in that situation," Jarvis said.
The root of the problem starts at the point. The Owls have spent much of the season unsuccessfully searching for a starting point guard. Stefan Moody began the season as FAU's primary ball handler. Jackson Trapp followed, and in recent games leading scorer Greg Gantt assumed the role.
Heading into the New Year's Day contest against Hofstra (3-9) - the final non-conference game for the Owls - Jarvis hopes someone can take charge.
"That would really help," he said.
Hofstra (3-9, 0-0 Colonial)
at FAU (6-8, 2-2 Sun Belt)
About the Pride: Sophomore Taran Boui leads the Pride in scoring with 15.3 points per game. ...Steve Mejia (9.8 points, 4.2 assists per game) is the only Hofstra player to start all 12 games. ...Hosftra's three victories came against South Dakota St., District of Columbia and Marshall.
About the Owls: FAU trails the all-time series with Hofstra 5-2, but has won the last two games. ...FAU lost to South Alabama in 2009 in its only other New Year's Day game. ..Jordan McCoy scored a season-high 14 points in the Owls most recent game.