Nov. 29, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - The Florida Atlantic men's basketball team lost to South Alabama 77-66 in its Sun Belt opener on Thursday.
The Owls (2-4, 0-1 Sun Belt) held an early 10-6 lead, but South Alabama (3-3, 1-0) went on a 17-2 run to take a 23-12 advantage. From that point on, the game fell into a pattern of FAU threatening to close within striking distance, but being unable to make the play that would permanently shift momentum.
Greg Gantt led the Owls offensively with 29 points, which tied his career high. He went 11-of-18 from the field and also grabbed eight rebounds. Stefan Moody came off the bench to score 16 points as the only two Owls in double figures, while South Alabama had four players in that category.
Gantt hit a three at the halftime buzzer to cap a 7-0 FAU run and cut the deficit to 11, 44-33 at the break. Back-to-back threes by Moody and Gantt cut the lead to eight at 49-41 early in the second half, but an Augustine Rubit score broke the momentum. Jordan McCoy hit two free throws to cut the lead to eight, but five straight Jaguar points stifled the rally.
McCoy had 10 rebounds, the second time this season he has had double-digits in that category and the third time he has led the team. FAU will return to the floor on Saturday at 8 p.m. when they face Arkansas State. Live stats and live audio for the game will be available on fausports.com and tickets can be purchased by calling the FAU Athletics Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.