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Owls fall to Portland; Gantt & Tucker named to All Tournament Team

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Owls fall to Portland; Gantt & Tucker named to All Tournament Team



Florida Atlantic concluded play in the Athletes In Action Classic tonight, falling to host University of Portland 89-75 at the Chiles Center.

The Owls (2-1) kept matters close for most of the first frame, but cooled on both ends of the floor the latter portion of the period, as Portland assumed a 42-34 lead at the break.

A half-court heave at the buzzer by Ray Taylor was on the mark, silencing the crowd, and salvaging what could have been a double digit mark for the Pilots.

However, Portland (3-0) would increase the tempo in the second half, extending their lead to 21 late, before the Owls closed on an 8-2 run to end the contest.

FAU shot the best it has from long range this season at 37.9%, and had spurts of containment against the hot handed Pilots, holding them to 27.3% from beyond the arc in the first half.

But Portland was all over the glass, enjoying a 45-24 advantage.

“We got crushed on the boards”, said Coach Mike Jarvis. “Our big guys looked like they were playing tennis and we were supposed to be boxing.”

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