Arkansas-Little Rock climbed out of a 22-point first-half hole by taking advantage of turnovers and Florida Atlantic's poor free-throw shooting to post a 65-62 victory over the Owls on Thursday night in a Sun Belt Conference game. The Owls, who have had problems holding onto comfortable leads in recent outings, led by 16 points at the half and were still up by 11 midway through the second half before wilting. The host Trojans (13-9, 7-4) didn't take their first lead until just 1:37 remained in the game when Will Neighbour's two free throws made it 62-60. The Owls (10-11, 5-5) tied it 62-62 on Jordan McCoy's layup with 1:23 left, but Kemy Osse's basket put the Trojans ahead for good. The Owls, who made only 9 of 19 free throws for the game and turned the ball over 11 times in the second half (16 for the game), had chances at the end but couldn't convert. Down two with 9.7 seconds remaining, they lost the ball out of bounds when Greg Gantt couldn't gather in Pablo Bertone's errant pass. Given life again when UALR's John Gillon was able to hit only one free throw with 8.3 remaining, the Owls blew the opportunity when Gantt tried to call a timeout they didn't have. Neighbour led UALR in scoring with 24 points. Owls freshman Stefan Moody also had 24, a career high. Gantt got in early foul trouble and scored just 13 points, ending his streak of games with at least 22 points at 11.
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