Gantt, Moody help Owls cruise to 73-59 victory over UALR

Zack Kelberman

Owls guard Stefan Moody going up toward the basket. Moody finished with 25 points in FAU's win over UALR. Photo by Melissa Landolfa.
Owls guard Stefan Moody going up toward the basket. Moody finished with 25 points in FAU’s win over UALR. Photo by Melissa Landolfa.
FAU’s dynamic duo, Greg Gantt and Stefan Moody, made their presence known in a major way on Saturday night.

Combining for 51 points, Gantt and Moody led the way as the Owls handedly defeated the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans 73-59 at The Burrow.

Gantt, FAU’s senior guard, recorded a game-high 26 points on 8-16 shooting. He also had five rebounds and three assists.

Moody, playing a team-high 38 minutes, chipped in with 25 points on 9-18 shooting, seven rebounds, and two assists.

“They’re scoring, and obviously I welcome every point I can get from them,” FAU head coach Mike Jarvis said.

Thanks to their efforts, FAU never trailed in this game, and opened up a 16-point stronghold late in the second half.

Owls leading scorer Greg Gantt sizing up his opponent. Gantt had a game-high 26 points against the Trojans. Photo by Melissa Landolfa.
Owls leading scorer Greg Gantt sizing up his opponent. Gantt had a game-high 26 points against the Trojans. Photo by Melissa Landolfa.
However, they accounted for most of the Owls’ offense, which saw lackluster production from its starters.

Guard Jackson Trapp, forward Jordan McCoy, and forward Kelvin Penn scored a total of 10 points. FAU’s bench had just 12 points.

As a team, the Owls shot a respectable 48 percent (25-52) from the field, 41 percent (7-17) from 3-point range, and 76 percent (16-21) from the free throw line.

FAU’s defense, though, played very solid against UALR, holding them to 33 percent shooting from the field and 23 percent from beyond the arc.

FAU center Dragan Sekelja hanging from the hoop. Photo by Melissa Landolfa.
FAU center Dragan Sekelja hanging from the hoop. Photo by Melissa Landolfa.
Also, the Owls dominated the interior with 30 points in the paint, many of which came in the 44-point second half.

“The guys played harder in the second half than they did in the first half,” Jarvis said. “We haven’t done that enough this year. We’ll take it.”

The Owls’ victory was their second in its last seven contests. Their overall record now stands at 13-17 and Sun Belt Conference mark at 8-11.

FAU plays FIU at The Burrow on Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m.