Florida Atlantic (6-7) at ULM (1-7)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 29, 5 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Fant-Ewing Coliseum (7,085) -- Monroe, Louisiana.
Television: None. Home Record: FAU 3-2, ULM 1-2. Away Record: FAU 2-5, ULM
0-5. Neutral Record: FAU 1-0, ULM 0-0. Conference Record: FAU 2-1, ULM 0-2.
Series Record: Florida Atlantic leads, 5-1.
GAME NOTES: The Florida Atlantic Owls continue their season-long, three-game
road swing on Saturday afternoon, as they travel to Monroe to take on the ULM
Warhawks in a Sun Belt Conference showdown.
FAU's season has been defined by its streaky play. After losing three of its
first four games, the team went on to win four of its next five only to fall
right back into a three-game skid. The Owls were able to snap out of their
most recent funk on Thursday night with an impressive 61-54 conference win at
After winning just three games a season ago, the 2012-13 campaign hasn't been
much kinder to ULM here in the early going, as its only win in eight tries
came over Southeastern Louisiana on Dec. 10, 68-61, in overtime. The Warhawks
have dropped three in a row since that triumph. They fought hard in their
latest game at UAB on Dec. 20, but eventually fell in a 76-69 final.
FAU has won five of the six all-time meetings with ULM, which includes a
dominating 58-30 performance in Boca Raton last season.
The Owls trailed Troy by as many as 10 points on Thursday night, but thanks in
large part to an 18-0 second-half run, they were able to pull away late for
the seven-point win. Although they shot just 40.9 percent from the floor,
their play at the defensive end was the real story, as they held Troy to a
lowly 28.3 percent shooting. Greg Gantt was fantastic in the triumph, tallying
26 points and eight rebounds, and in the process he became the program's all-
time leading scorer (1,582 points). Pablo Bertone also put together a strong
performance, shooting 8-of-14 from the field on his way to a career-high 21
points. Gantt has been the league's most prolific scorer this season, netting
22.1 ppg thanks in large part to his great shooting from 3-point range (39-
of-95, .411). Stefan Moody has been a solid second scoring option with 15.0
ppg, and after missing the last three games while serving a suspension, he is
listed as probable for Saturday's matchup.
Few teams have struggled as much at the offensive end of the court as ULM,
which connects on just 38.5 percent of its field goal attempts and ranks in
the bottom-10 nationally in scoring (54.9 ppg). The Warhawks actually put
together one of their best performances of the season against UAB, shooting 50
percent from the field (including 10-of-20 from 3-point range), but they went
just 5-of-13 from the foul line and committed 19 turnovers as they let the
game slip away in the second half. Trent Mackey was impressive from beyond the
arc (5-of-10) on his way to 17 points, while Kyle Koszuta provided a spark off
the bench with 15 points. Marcelis Hansberry added 11 points in the setback,
while Jayon James tallied six points, eight assists and 11 rebounds. On the
season, Amos Olatayo is the leading scorer with 13.0 ppg, but he has missed
four games with a leg injury and remains questionable for this matchup. Mackey
(11.8 ppg) has acted as the top option in Olatayo's absence, and James
contributes across the board with 8.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 4.8 apg.
FAU appears to be on the upswing after its latest performance, and it
shouldn't have much of a problem dismissing the Warhawks, who haven't shown
the ability to stick around against quality competition this season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Florida Atlantic 68, ULM 58
12/29 10:49:55 ET
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