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Trapp scores 20 and FAU survives sluggish start to beat Ave Maria 54-43


BOCA RATON, Florida — Jackson Trapp scored 20 points and Florida Atlantic held off Ave Maria 54-43 on Sunday.

Trapp had 14 of his points in the second half as the Owls (2-3) pulled away from a 20-13 halftime lead. It was an exhibition game for the Gyrenes (5-2), who hung with FAU, out-rebounding the Owls 33-28. Wendell Powell had 16 points and Jelani Bonner 12 with 9 rebounds for Ave Maria, a NAIA school.

D'Andre Johnson's 3-pointer gave FAU a 5-2 lead at 14:17. Bonner scored for Ave Marie about a minute later and neither team scored again until a Powell layup at 8:45 made it 6-5 for the Gyrenes. FAU's drought stretched until a dunk by Justin Raffington made it 7-6 with 6:24 left.

The Owls held Ave Maria scoreless until 13:10 of the second half, scoring the first 16 points. Trapp, who had six treys overall, had three in that deciding stretch.

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