Nov. 24, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Greg Gantt scored a season high 23 points, and Stefan Moody provided two key plays down the stretch to help the Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team defeat American 58-55 on Saturday afternoon.
Gantt opened the game with a three-pointer and FAU (2-3) worked its way out to an early four point lead, but, the Eagles (2-3) answered with four straight points of their own. The game followed a similar pattern for much of the afternoon, with the Owls managing to create separation and American grinding its way back into the game.
A Pablo Bertone free throw put FAU ahead by eight with 1:46 left in the first half, but the Eagles hit three shots from the beyond the arc in that time, including one at the buzzer to trim the margin to 31-30 at the break.
In the second half, the Owls were able to maintain a slight advantage over the Eagles by making a number of hustle plays and refusing to be frustrated by the methodical pace. FAU trailed by three when Gantt was able to convert a four point play after the final media timeout and gave the Owls a 52-51 lead.
American answered the next trip down the court with a layup by Stephen Lumpkins to regain the lead. That would be final field goal of the game for the Eagles. Their final points of the game came on Daniel Munoz free throws with 1:21 on the clock. FAU trailed by two with 14 seconds left when Moody hit the go-ahead three pointer. Moody later grabbed a defensive rebound and sank two free throws to put the Owls ahead 58-55.
The Eagles had a decent look at the game-tying three, but the shot went long and FAU had won their home opener for the fifth year in a row. Jackson Trapp added 12 points and six assists.
The Owls continue their homestand on Thursday when they host South Alabama in their Sun Belt conference opener. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and live audio and live stats will be available at www.fausports.com.