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Freshman Greg Gantt scored a game-high 24 points in the Owls' first meeting against Troy. ( photo)


In their own hands

FAU controls its own destiny in the Sun Belt Conference East Division, beginning a three-game stretch against the other contenders on Saturday at Troy.

Originally published on 2/19/2010

by Marcus Nelson

With its Sun Belt Conference East Division championship hopes hanging in the balance,  FAU had to wait until a desperation 3-pointer missed the mark to escape with a hard-fought 77-74 victory over FIU on Thursday.

And the game against the Golden Panthers was supposed to be the last easy game of the year.

It was just a taste of what is left from here on out as the Owls will face Troy, Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky in the final three games of the season. All of the Owls’ remaining opponents are in contention for the East Division crown.

“Each game now is going to get even tougher,” said FAU coach Mike Jarvis. “We have our work cut out for us. …I think it’s a positive for us to play the best teams.”

First up is Saturday’s game at Troy, which, like FAU, is tied with Middle Tennessee atop the East Division.

After the game at Troy, one team won’t be in first place anymore. The Owls control their own destiny for  the East Division title and a possible opening round bye in the SBC Tournament. The two division winners and the team with the best conference record which doesn’t win its division earn byes. But after Thursday’s games, the Owls are now in the hunt for the SBC’s top overall seed.

“We are playing to be the No. 1 seed in the East Division, but after some teams lost, now we are playing to be the No. 1 team in the Sun Belt Conference,” said freshman guard Ray Taylor.



FAU (14-12, 10-5 Sun Belt Conference)
 at  Troy (15-11, 10-5) 

About the Owls: FAU won the first meeting of the season vs, the Trojans 83-69. …In that game FAU held Troy to just 11 3-point attempts. ...FAU has never won more than 10 Sun Belt Conference games.

About the Trojans: Brandon Hazzard, Troy’s leading scorer, had no field goals and six points in Troy’s victory vs. MTSU on Thursday. …Troy was won five of its last six games …The Trojans lead the all-time series 16-8

FAU projected starters / Head coach Mike Jarvis

  • G Ray Taylor 5-7 Fr. (14.5 ppg)
  • G Alex Tucker 5-11 So. (6.4 ppg)
  • G Greg Gantt 6-2, Fr. (15.8 ppg)
  • G Sanchez Hughley 6-4 Jr. (10.4 ppg)
  • F Brett Royster 6-8 Jr. (9.7 ppg)

Troy projected starters / Head coach Don Maestri

  • G Richard Delk 6-4 Sr. (12.3 ppg)
  • G Michael Volger 6-1 Sr. 11.8 ppg)
  • G Brandon Hazzard 6-2 Sr. (16.5 ppg)
  • F Antywan Jones 6-6 Sr. (9.2 ppg)
  • C Yamene Coleman 6-9 Sr. (10.7 ppg)

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