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Florida Atlantic beats Louisiana-Lafayette 75-70
Thursday, Jan 3, 2013

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP)—Greg Gantt scored 23 points, and Florida Atlantic held off Louisiana-Lafayette’s second-half comeback to claim a 75-70 victory on Thursday night in a Sun Belt Conference game.

Stefan Moody had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Owls (6-6, 3-2), and Pablo Bertone scored 12.

Elfrid Payton led the Ragin’ Cajuns (6-10, 2-3) with 23 points, Shawn Long had 22 points and nine rebounds, and Bryant Mbamalu scored 17 points.

The Owls led 39-27 at halftime and 65-56 with 7:31 to go on Moody’s two free throws, but Louisiana-Lafayette began closing. The Ragin’ Cajuns cut it to 69-65 with 3:11 remaining on Bryant’s pair of free throws but could draw no closer.

Florida Atlantic shot 85.7 percent from the free-throw line (18 of 21), including 14 of 17 in the second half, while Louisiana-Lafayette made only 52.4 percent (11 of 21).

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 LA Lafayette
Shawn Long Shawn Long
9-18,  22 Pts
9 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Florida Atlantic
Greg Gantt Greg Gantt
8-17,  23 Pts
2 Rebs, 2 Assists

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