Jan. 12, 2013
BOWLING GREEN, KY - The Florida Atlantic men's basketball team once again had to hold off a late rally to preserve a victory, this one a 65-62 decision over Western Kentucky on Saturday night.
Stefan Moody got the Owls (9-9, 4-3 Sun Belt) started with a four-point play and FAU used that momentum to build a lead as large as 10 in the first half. Western Kentucky (10-8, 4-3) cut the lead in half, but a Greg Gantt jumper put the Owls back up 10 at the half. The 32-22 advantage at the break was a product of FAU hitting all seven of its first half free throws.
The Hilltoppers began the second half playing with much more energy, but it didn't translate on the scoreboard as FAU managed to increase its lead to 15. WKU continued to fight, but the Owls kept the home team at bay. The lead was a dozen with 13:37 left in the game when WKU went on an 8-0 spurt to cut the deficit to four, 46-42. The Owls were undeterred and responded with a 5-0 run of their on to push the lead back to nine.
A Moody free throw put the Owls' margin to 61-48 with 2:42 left and the game seemed to be well in hand. Missed free throws and turnovers by FAU helped Western Kentucky pull within one with 10 seconds left, but Jackson Trapp hit a pair from the charity stripe and a Hilltopper three at the buzzer missed, sealing the win for the Owls.
Greg Gantt led all scorers with 22 points, while Moody and Pablo Bertone both contributed 15. Kelvin Penn tied his career high with nine rebounds. FAU will return to the Burrow on Thursday night to host Troy. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. and live stats and audio will be available at www.fausports.com.