Jan. 19, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL - For the second season in a row, the Florida Atlantic men's basketball team's home game against North Texas went to overtime, this time the Mean Green came away with the win, 61-59 on Saturday night.
The contest was played at a grinding pace throughout as both teams struggled to find their rhythm. The two sides shot a combined 30 percent in the first half. FAU got off to a slow start, falling behind 15-3 in the early going. The Owls (10-10, 5-4 Sun Belt) then ran off, eight straight points to pull within striking distance of NT (8-12, 3-6). FAU took its first lead of the game on an Andre Mattison layup with just over a minute remaining in the first half.
Stefan Moody and Greg Gantt combined for FAU's first eight points of the half to help put the Owls ahead 30-25. That would be the biggest lead for either team the rest of the night. The Owls trailed by four with 1:24 remaining when Dragan Sekelja hit a layup, followed by a Jackson Trapp steal and a Gantt three pointer to take a 52-51 lead with 35 ticks left.
Moody came up with a steal of his own on the next NT possession, but after Mean Green foul, the Owls could only make of two free throws, which allowed North Texas to tie the score at the buzzer on a putback off of a Tony Mitchell miss.
Similar to the end of regulation, the Owls trailed by four late in overtime, when Gantt made another three pointer to cut the lead to one. NT split its trip to the line after an a Gantt foul, allowing FAU a final possession to tie or win the game. Multiple players had looks at a potential tying bucket, but could not convert, giving North Texas the win.
Gantt ended the night with 22 points to lead the Owls, followed by Moody with 12. Sekelja had eight points and seven rebounds.
FAU will travel to Arkansas for two road games next week. First up is a trip to UALR on Thursday to face the West Division leading Trojans. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. eastern and live stats and live audio will be available at www.fausports.com.