Owls lose on Gantt last-second turnover, 72-71, to South Alabama

Zack Kelberman

Owls guard Greg Gantt pulling up from short range. Gantt totaled a game-high 23 points in FAU's 72-71 loss to South Alabama. Photo courtesy of University of South Alabama Media Relations.
Owls guard Greg Gantt pulling up from short range. Gantt totaled a
game-high 23 points in FAU’s 72-71 loss to South Alabama. Photo
courtesy of University of South Alabama Media Relations.
Greg Gantt giveth, and Greg Gantt taketh away.

An FAU win, that is.

The Owls lost their third-consecutive game in a 72-71 loss to South Alabama on Saturday night.

With under a second remaining and the chance to end FAU’s losing skid, Gantt turned the ball over by stepping out of bounds, preserving FAU’s sixth defeat in its last seven contests.

It was a low point in a game where Gantt otherwise shined.

The Owls’ leading scorer turned in a game-high 23 points (on 9-17 shooting) in a team-high 38 minutes of play. He also had three turnovers, with the last being the most costly.

Additionally, FAU got solid outings from guard Stefan Moody and forward Jordan McCoy.

Moody finished with 16 points, six rebounds, and three assists in 38 minutes. He was inaccurate from the field, however, shooting just 27 percent (3 of 11).

FAU's Pablo Bertone looking to dish the ball to a teammate. Bertone had two assists against South Alabama. Photo courtesy of University of South Alabama Media Relations.
FAU’s Pablo Bertone looking to dish the ball to a teammate. Bertone
had two assists against South Alabama. Photo courtesy of University of
South Alabama Media Relations.
McCoy recorded a double-double — 11 points and 12 rebounds — in a game where there were 12 ties and 12 lead changes.

The rest of FAU’s squad, though, came up small.

Forwards Kelvin Penn and Andre Mattison, guards Richard Morrow and Pablo Bertone, and center Dragan Sekelja combined for just 21 points. It’s a stark departure from a South Alabama team that had all but one player reach at least five points.

The Owls shot better from the field (45 percent), 3-point range (38 percent), and outrebounded South Alabama (35-29).

But the game-high 13 turnovers and lack of production ultimately doomed FAU, whose season record fell to 11-15 and Sun Belt Conference mark to 6-9.

Despite the bleak outcome, Owls assistant coach Mike Jarvis remains upbeat.

“After tonight, I honestly think we turned a corner,” Jarvis said. “Even though we did not win, we played well and hard. I was proud of how we played. I’m really looking forward to Thursday and the rest of the season.”

FAU plays Western Kentucky at The Burrow on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.