Jan. 5, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - A record setting defensive performance by the Florida Atlantic men's basketball team was the focal point of the Owls' 58-30 win over ULM on Thursday night.
Greg Gantt scored the first 11 points of the game while the Owls (5-10, 1-1 Sun Belt) held the Warhawks scoreless over that time frame. Andre Mattison scored a layup just before the buzzer that sent FAU to the halftime break with a 23-7. ULM's seven points for the first 20 minutes set an FAU school record for fewest points allowed in half.
The Warhawks (1-15, 0-3) exceeded their first half offensive output four minutes into the second half and at one point managed to cut the Owls' lead to just 10 points, but a 15-3 FAU run removed any hopes of a comeback.
FAU set a school record for fewest points allowed in a game, as well as lowest opposing field goal perecentage (19.5%). Gantt led all scorers with 20 points, and tied for the team high with five rebounds. Raymond Taylor was the only other Owl in double figures with 10 points and added a game high eight assists.
FAU will travel to the state of Arkansas for its next two games, beginning on Saturday when they face UALR. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. eastern on Saturday. Live audio of the game will be available at www.fausports.com.