Florida Atlantic Pulls Away in Second Half to Hand Men's Basketball an 81-65 Loss at FAU Arena

UAlbany Sports Information   11-30-2009
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Boca Raton, Fla. - Freshman Greg Gantt had a career-high 24 points and Florida Atlantic pulled away in the second half for an 81-65 victory over UAlbany on Monday, Nov. 30 at FAU Arena.
     Florida Atlantic (3-3) led 52-50 midway through the final period, but then ripped off eight of the game's next 10 points. Gantt, who led his high school team to the Florida Class 5A championship last year, converted after collecting an offensive rebound and then drilled a three-point field goal from left of the key to ignite that run. Gantt, who made 9-of-15 from the field, including five 3-pointers, later nailed another long-range jumper from the left wing for a 62-52 margin.
     UAlbany (3-5) closed the gap to six when Tim Ambrose hit a reverse layup and Will Harris finished off a fastbreak. But the Owls, who compete in the Sun Belt Conference and are led by former St. John's coach Mike Jarvis, ended the suspense with five unanswered. Demonte Simpson, who totaled six points and 10 rebounds, scored on the inside and Shavar Richardson made a 3-pointer from the left side.
     The Owls, who connected on 7-of-9 from long distance in the second half, made 51.7 percent overall on 31-of-60 shooting. Brett Royster had 12 points, while Sanchez Hughley and Richardson added 10 apiece.
     "That was our worst defensive effort of the season," said UAlbany coach Will Brown, whose team dropped a four-point decision at Central Florida two days earlier. "Greg Gantt shot the ball extremely well. They were more physical and hurt us on the glass. We allowed the wrong guys to get open. Most of the three-pointers came after offensive rebounds and that demoralized us."
     In the first half, UAlbany jumped out to a 12-4 lead, as senior guard Mike Johnson buried a pair of three-pointers in that opening stretch. Johnson finished with a career-high 17 points and five rebounds and three assists. The Great Danes, who led by as much as 10 in the early going, still had a 21-13 advantage when Scotty McRae hit a jump hook in the lane.
     The Owls were still behind 30-25, but then made a run behind the Gantt's shooting. He canned consecutive 3-pointers, including one from left of the key that gave his team its first lead of the period. The game seesawed in the final minutes of the half. Ambrose tied the contest at 34 apiece, before Brett Royster's three-point play gave FAU a halftime lead.
     UAlbany's Harris, a 6'5" senior, had 20 points despite not playing a good deal of the first half due to foul trouble. Harris has scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games. Ambrose was the third Great Dane in double figures with 19.

Paw Prints: Florida Atlantic shot 52.3 percent from the field, the top figure by an opponent this season ... the Owls also made 10 three-point field goals, the most by an opponent since Feb. 15, 2009 ... Will Harris is the first UAlbany player to score 20-plus in three consecutive games since Jamar Wilson accomplished that feat in February 2007 ... Mike Johnson's 17 points was one better than his previous career-best total of 16 against DePaul last November.

Florida Atlantic 81, UAlbany 65 (11/30/09 at FAU Arena, Boca Raton, Fla.)


Official Basketball Box Score


Official Basketball Box Score ALBANY vs FAU 11/30/09 7:00 pm at FAU Arena, Boca Raton, FL -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VISITORS: ALBANY 3-5 TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 03 Harris, Will........ f 7-10 2-3 4-4 0 2 2 3 20 2 3 0 0 27 04 Urli, Fran.......... f 0-2 0-0 1-2 1 3 4 2 1 1 2 0 1 17 54 Gifford, Brett...... c 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 5 6 1 0 1 0 1 2 23 11 Johnson, Mike....... g 6-12 2-5 3-6 3 2 5 0 17 3 2 0 2 30 23 Ambrose, Tim........ g 7-11 0-1 5-7 0 4 4 3 19 1 1 0 1 30 02 Aronhalt, Logan..... 1-5 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 8 05 Tartt, Derrek....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 8 10 Black, Mike......... 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 2 1 0 1 8 12 McRae, Scotty....... 2-4 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 4 5 0 2 0 0 14 21 Metcalf, Blake...... 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 18 24 Lindfors, Jake...... 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 9 33 Allen, Billy........ 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 TEAM................ 3 3 Totals.............. 23-53 5-13 14-20 12 24 36 20 65 11 13 1 8 200 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-25 40.0% 2nd Half: 13-28 46.4% Game: 43.4% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 4-6 66.7% 2nd Half: 1-7 14.3% Game: 38.5% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 10-15 66.7% 2nd Half: 4-5 80.0% Game: 70.0% 5 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOME TEAM: FAU 3-3 TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 21 McCoy, Jordan....... f 3-3 0-0 1-1 5 1 6 0 7 0 1 0 1 16 40 Royster, Brett...... f 4-13 0-0 4-5 2 3 5 0 12 2 0 4 0 28 50 Simpson, DeMonte.... c 3-7 0-0 0-1 1 9 10 2 6 2 0 0 1 34 02 Taylor, Raymond..... g 2-4 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 6 6 3 0 0 25 22 Gantt, Greg......... g 9-15 5-9 1-2 0 1 1 0 24 2 0 0 1 30 01 Richardson, Shavar.. 3-8 2-4 2-2 0 0 0 1 10 2 2 0 0 16 04 Mattison, Andre..... 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 6 05 Tucker, Alex........ 1-2 1-2 0-2 0 4 4 4 3 7 2 1 0 19 12 O'Sullivan, Dylan... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 23 Hughley, Sanchez.... 5-7 0-0 0-1 1 0 1 3 10 2 2 0 3 18 35 Stewart, Darren..... 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 55 Davis, Justin....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 TEAM................ 1 1 Totals.............. 31-60 10-18 9-16 10 19 29 15 81 23 10 5 6 200 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-32 50.0% 2nd Half: 15-28 53.6% Game: 51.7% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-9 33.3% 2nd Half: 7-9 77.8% Game: 55.6% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 2-5 40.0% 2nd Half: 7-11 63.6% Game: 56.3% 1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Officials: Terry Moore, Carl Bullard, Pete Kafka Technical fouls: ALBANY-None. FAU-None. Attendance: 1121 Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total ALBANY........................ 34 31 - 65 FAU........................... 37 44 - 81 Points in the paint-ALBANY 26,FAU 32. Points off turnovers-ALBANY 12,FAU 14. 2nd chance points-ALBANY 16,FAU 15. Fast break points-ALBANY 0,FAU 0. Bench points-ALBANY 8,FAU 26. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-5 times. Last FG-ALBANY 2nd-00:53, FAU 2nd-02:54. Largest lead-ALBANY by 10 1st-14:50, FAU by 19 2nd-02:54.

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