Bowling Green, KY (Sports Network) - Greg Gantt netted 22 points to lead the Florida Atlantic Owls to a 65-62 win over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in a Sun Belt Conference matchup at E.A. Diddle Arena.
Pablo Bertone and Stefan Moody each dropped in 15 points, while Kelvin Penn matched a career-high with five blocked shots. FAU (9-9, 4-3 Sun Belt) has now won three of four and held on to win despite committing 24 turnovers.
T.J. Price hit four 3-pointers and scored 20 points as WKU (10-8, 4-3) lost at home for the first time all season. George Fant scored 19 points and grabbed eight boards.
FAU took a 32-22 advantage into intermission after holding the Hilltoppers to 28 percent shooting in the first half. The Owls shot 45.8 percent from the field themselves in the opening 20 minutes and made all seven of their free throw attempts.
FAU extended its lead to 15 on a Gantt jumper with 14:01 remaining in the second half, but the Hilltoppers stormed back and eventually trailed by just three, 62-59, with 1:26 remaining after a 10-0 run. After trading turnovers, FAU took care of business at the free-throw line and held on for the win.
The Owls controlled the glass, winning the rebounding battle, 44-28.