Dec. 29, 2012
MONROE, LA - Second half mistakes cost the Florida Atlantic men's basketball team in a 65-64 loss to ULM on Saturday night.
Turnovers were the story in the early going as both the Owls (6-8, 2-2 Sun Belt) and Warhawks ( 2-7, 1-2) couldn't maintain possession of the ball. The sloppy play led to just 10 total points in the first eight minutes of the game.
Both teams eventually found a bit of a rhythm and play opened up a bit. ULM led by as many as six in the first half, but FAU was able to cut it to just two at the break. The Owls rallied in the second half, scoring 12 points in a row, to take a 40-30 lead.
The Warhawks stayed in the ball game, aided in part by FAU turnovers, and were down just one with 1:13 remaining after Trent Mackey hit a three pointer. Pablo Bertone responded with his second three in less than ninety seconds and to put the Owls back ahead by four, 64-60 with 54 seconds left.
ULM sandwiched a layup and a three-pointer around a pair of FAU misses from the free throw line to take a one point lead with 8.6 seconds left. The Owls had a chance to win the game, but the 20th and final turnover of the night sealed their fate.
Gantt led FAU with 25 points. He was joined in double figures by Bertone (19) and Jordan McCoy (14).
FAU returns home on Tuesday to start off 2013 against Hofstra. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. Live audio and live of the game will be available at www.fausports.com.