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No contest

Greg Gantt scored 25 points to pull within three of FAU's all-time record but the Owls had nothing else to offer in an 88-52 loss at No. 6 Indiana.

Originally published on 12/21/2012

by Chuck King

The only real suspense in FAU's blowout loss at No. 6 Indiana revolved around Greg Gantt's quest to become FAU's all-time leading scorer.

Even that small victory will have to wait for another day after Hoosiers destroyed the Owls 88-52 in Bloomington, Ind. on Friday.

Gantt led all scorers with 25 by going 9-of-21 from the field, bringing him within three points of Earnest Crumbley's school record of 1,559. His next chance to break the record will come on Thursday at Troy.

"Greg Gantt is playing at such a level that I don't think any player has ever played at for FAU," FAU assistant coach Mike Jarvis Jr. said on the ESPN760 postgame show. "You know he's going to get you 20 points each night."

FAU held a series of 2-point leads in the opening minutes, but once Indiana took the lead they never looked back.

The Owls could do nothing to stop the Hoosiers, who shot 70 percent nearly the entire first half. Conversely, FAU struggled to get good looks, turning the ball over 10 times in the first half alone and allowing Indiana a 55-25 halftime lead.

Playing without suspended guards Stefan Moody and Cavon Baker, Gantt played some point guard for the first extended period of his career when starter Jackson Trapp needed a blow. Gantt finished with one assist and two rebounds. 

"I think he proved to us and everyone else that he can play point," Jarvis Jr. said.

Four Indiana players scored in double figures, led by Cody Zeller's 24.

 

GameBrowser: Indiana 88, FAU 52

Moving forward: Andre Mattison scored 5 points and grabbed 2 rebounds and wasn't intimidated by the Hoosiers. ...Walk-on Richard Morrow played confidently. His 8 points were second best among the Owls and he dealt out 2 assists.

Moving backward: There were still 15 minutes remaining in the game when starting center Dragan Sekelja fouled out He did manage five rebounds and four assists in limited time. ...FAU's defense allowed Indiana open 3's and lay-ups all night. ...Mike Jarvis received a technical foul in the first half.

Key stat:
10 points combined scored by all FAU starters not named Greg Gantt - nearly all of them coming in the final 10 minutes.

Up next:
FAU plays the middle game of its three-game road trip when it travels to Troy for Thursday's 8 p.m. tip-off.

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>By the numbers: Box Score

FAU All-Time Scoring Leaders

Player                    Points Years
Earnest Crumbley 1,559 (2000-04)
Greg Gantt 1,556 (2010-present)
Paul Graham III 1,521 (2005-09)
Craig Buchanan 1,501 (1993-97)
Jeff Cowans 1,388 (2000-04)
Carlos Monroe 1,316 (2005-09)
Damon Arnette 1,246 (1996-99)
Raymond Taylor 1,037 (2009-12)
Shavar Richardson 1,018 (2008-11)
Mike Bell 1,001 (2003-05)

Re-Tweet Replay

  • FAU starters: Trapp, Gantt, Bertone, McCoy and Dragan. Tip coming shortly.
  • U16: Gantt has four, Dragan has 2 nice assists. FAU now trails for the first time. Indiana 8, FAU 6.
  • U12: Without Moody and Baker, Gantt runs the point for a while. If you listened @KLV760 pregame you are not surprised. IU 20, FAU 8
  • U8: FAU has committed 9 turnovers. IU is shooting 70 % from the field. Rest of the math pretty much irrelevant. IU 38 FAU 17
  • U4: Gantt has 13. Don't listen to the ESPN announcers who think he needed 21 to break scoring record. He needs 29 tonight. IU 44, FAU 19
  • Half: With 14 points, Gantt is halfway to tying the FAU scoring record. Rest of it is not pretty. IU 55, FAU 25.
  • U16: Gantt now 8 points shy of tying the record. FAU can't stop fouling. IU already shooting 1-and-1. Dragan fouls out. IU 64, FAU 31
  • U12: Gantt has 22. Rest of the Owls starters have combined for 2. ESPN announcers now correctly say he is 7 shy of breaking record. IU 71, FAU 36.
  • #FAU Gantt watch: He drains a 3. Now only 4 points from breaking career scoring record. A little over 9 to go.
  • U8: Gantt has 25 - more than half of the Owls' points. Indiana has much more. IU 78, FAU 46.
  • U4: Gantt might be tiring and pressing. Has missed his last few shots. He needs 4 points in final 3:50 to break the record. IU 86, FAU 50
  • FINAL: IU 88, FAU 52. The record will have to wait until Troy. Gantt doesn't even shoot in the closing minutes.

 

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