GAME THREAD: FAU @ ULM - 12/29/12 @ 5:00 PM
GAME THREAD: FAU @ ULM - 12/29/12 @ 5:00 PM
What: Florida Atlantic (6-7, 2-1) vs Louisiana-Monroe (1-7, 0-2)
When: Saturday, Dec. 29th @ 5:00 PM EST
Where: Fant-Ewing Coliseum
Warhawks Team Site: Here
Live Video: Warhawks All Access (FEE)
Internet Broadcast: Here
Live Stats: Here
G Greg Gantt 22.1 ppg
G Richard Morrow 2.5 ppg
G Pablo Bertone 7.8 ppg
F Jordan McCoy 4.7 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 1.2 ppg
G R.J. McCray 9.0 ppg
G Trent Mackey 11.8 ppg
G Marcelis Hansberry 7.3 ppg
F Jayon James 8.9 ppg
F Millaun Brown 5.6 ppg
Florida Atlantic leads 5-1 lead in the all time series, and has won its two appearances at Faint-Ewing.
Last time on the floor in FAU Arena, the Owls held the Warhawks to just seven first half points, and one point under the Owls' program best. Greg Gantt sank 20 points to lead all scorers, and Ray Taylor added another 10 to go along side eight assists for Florida Atlantic.
ULM had troubles finding the rim, producing a paltry 19.5% mark from the floor.
Owls at a Glance
FAU snapped a three game losing streak with a 61-54 victory over Troy on Thursday night.
It was a historic moment for Greg Gantt, who finished with 26 points, and became the program's all-time leading scorer in the process.
"Greg is having a great year", said Coach Mike Jarvis. "And it's all about doing what he does best to help the team."
Jarvis mixed up the starting five by inserting Richard Morrow and Kelvin Penn over Jackson Trapp and Dragan Sekelja respectively, but also threw in the twist of Gantt taking the role of point initially.
"He's the man for the job right now because he knows exactly what I want and wants to lead this team", Jarvis remarked. "It's also my way of rewarding him."
Which is well deserved, and also appropriate from another angle considering that Gantt has plans to pursue a professional career after college, and this type of playing time could help to enhance his chances in that area.
Accordingly, look for the same assignment to continue at times tomorrow night against the Warhawks.
Gantt wasn't the only one making history though, as Pablo Bertone also posted career-high's in points (21) and field goals made (8 ). Arguably the driving force behind the Owls win, he will get some help in shouldering back-up scoring duties with the return of Stefan Moody, who just completed a three game suspension for "conduct detrimental to the team."
"It's very important to have Moody back, as he gives us a great one-two scoring punch in the back court." Jarvis said. "He will resume the 6th man role."
Looking at league numbers, the Owls are atop the Belt in free throw percentage (73.2%) and defensive field goal percentage (40.1%), and 2nd in blocks (5.0 pg).
However, unlike recent years, their assist to turnover ratio continues to struggle, where they sit tied for last (0.6:1)
With the win over Troy, the Owls move to 4-0 on the season when limiting their opponents to 33 or less total rebounds.
Warhawks at a Glance
After a dismal 3-26, 2-14 SBC mark in 2011-12, the Warhawks are looking to rebound this season. Not helping matters, they have been without leading scorer Amos Olatayo (13.0 ppg) the past four games due to a leg injury.
This came at a most inopportune time considering the fact that the squad already had to absorb the loss of their top returner from 2011-12 in Charles Winborne (11.2 ppg), who was lost due to academic troubles.
But Olatayo has been cleared now, and is expected to play on Saturday; although it could be a game time decision.
With just 13 blocks in eight contests, and a -7.7 rpg differential when compared to opponents, defensive front court play is not a strength for Louisiana-Monroe. Both marks are good for last place in the Sun Belt, as are -3.75 turnover margin, and 38.5% field goal percentage.
However, they do offer a solid newcomer to the roster in transfer forward Jayon James, who is hauling in a unit best 8.3 boards per outing. He doesn't have a soft touch around the rim, but is aggressive underneath at times and will compete with the Owls' front court.
The team will be coming off a nine day playing hiatus when facing Florida Atlantic on Saturday.
Last time on the hardwood ULM couldn't overcome a six point first half deficit, falling 69-76 to UAB at Bartow Arena in Birmingham - this all while setting season high marks in assists, field goals made, field goal percentage, three-pointers, three-point percentage, and total points.
Complicating matters was a 5-of-13 mark at the foul line and 19 turnovers. Guard Trent Mackey netted a team best 17 points, courtesy of five three-point baskets, and has now led the squad in scoring three times this year.
ULM is winless away from Fant-Ewing (0-5) and has been outscored by an average of 21 points a game in the seven overall losses encumbered. Boasting just a 55.7% team mark, the charity stripe continues to be an unfriendly place for the Warhawks.
Owl's Nest Prediction
On paper, FAU is the superior offensive squad. They also take defense, although by a much slimmer margin.
Accordingly, should be an easier road to hoe on Saturday given both this, and the return of Moody, and his 15.0 ppg.
Look for the Owls to move to 3-1 in league action, and see their second win streak for 2012-13.
FAU - 7
Re: Game Preview: FAU @ ULM - 12/29/12 @ 5:00 PM
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