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Owls can't fly

Hot shooting Dayton flies past FAU 81-56.

Originally published on 12/15/2012

by Chuck King

Florida Atlantic withstood the Dayton scoring burst that opened the game. The Flyers' second run, however, doomed the Owls.

Dayton (8-2) scored the first eight points of the game only to watch FAU counter-punch with 12 unanswered. Trailing by 4, the Flyers responded with an 11-0 run that FAU couldn't answer and went on to defeat the Owls 81-56 in Dayton.

FAU struggled to shoot and defend in the first half – a bad combination that set the tone for the night. FAU connected on only eight field goals in the first half - half of them coming from Greg Gantt, who led the Owls with 26 points.

Meanwhile, Dayton had little trouble from the field, connecting on half of their 30 shots in the opening 20 minutes.

FAU cut the Dayton lead to 10 on a couple of occasions early in the second half but couldn't get any closer. The Flyers led by as many as 27 in the closing minutes.

The loss snaps FAU's season-high 3-game winning streak, evening the Owls' record at 5-5.



GameBrowser: Dayton 81, FAU 56

Moving forward: Teams know that Greg Gantt is the Owls' only consistent scoring threat yet he still managed 26 points. ...The Owls didn't do a bad job of containing reigning ESPN Player of the Week Kevin Dillard (14 points, 4 assists). ...The Owls hit 20 of their 26 free throws (76.9%)

Moving backward: Playing with sore ribs, freshman point guard Jackson Trapp didn't score and managed only three assists and committed three turnovers in 13 minutes of play. ...Center Dragan Sekelja grabbed only two rebounds to go with his five points. ... FAU turned the ball over 19 times.

Key stat: FAU's front court (starters Sekelja and Jordan McCoy, reserves Andre Mattison and Kelvin Penn) combined to score 10 points.

Up Next: FAU will face Stetson for the second time this season – this time at home. Tip-off for Tuesday's game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Trapp, Gantt, Bertone, McCoy, and Dragan starting for FAU against Dayton. Tip-off in moments.

U16: Dayton scores first 8 points of the game but Owls score next 9 to avert early blowout. FAU 9 Dayton 8.

U12: Game of runs so far. After FAU goes for 12 straight, Dayton responds with 7 in a row. Dayton 15, FAU 12.

U8: FAU has gone cold. Dayton still scoring. Flyers lead 26-14

U4: Important final 3+ minutes coming. If FAU lets Dayton get another run the game could be over by Half. Dayton 30, FAU 18

Half: Story of the first half? Dayton shoots 50%, FAU shoots 28.8%. Dayton 37, FAU 23.

U16: Owls trailed by as many as 18, but have pecked their way back into the game. Dayton 41, FAU 31.

U12: FAU can't get the lead into single digits. Current Dayton 6-0 run has the Flyers leading 49-33.

U8: Greg Gantt has 21 points. Stefan Moody has 11. The rest of the Owls? Combined for 11. Dayton 61, FAU 43.

U4: Dayton pushes the lead above the 20 before Gantt responds. Final few minutes unlikely to affect the outcome. Dayton 69, FAU 50

Final: Dayton 81, FAU 56. Dayton has far too much for FAU to handle. Owls' 3-game winning streak history.

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