Jan. 5, 2002
Sidney Green celebrated his birthday Friday and was offered, by his team, a victory over the 2001 Atlantic Sun Conference Champion and pre-season favorite, Georgia State University. Saturday night, the package was delivered in the form of a 90-77 victory.
The victory improved FAU's record to 7-5, 4-2 in league play and evened the Owls victory total of the 2001 season. GSU fell to 7-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
"This was a big win for our team," said Green. "Georgia State won our conference last year and went to the NCAA tournament. They were picked to win the league and we were picked next to last. So, we had something to prove. We did it with defense. Our team's objective of holding them to 38 % shooting was not accomplished, but they turned the ball over 15 times and we had nine steals."
FAU opened the game by holding the Panthers to one basket in the first five minutes of the game. There were five lead changes in the first half with the Owls taking control with 7:38 remaining. FAU built a 44-31 halftime margin and led by as much as 15 twice. Georgia State pulled within three with 10:42 remaining in the game before FAU went on a 9-0 run.
FAU was led by Daryl Dingle who started in place of Raheim Brown, who missed the last two days of practice with an injured right ankle. Dingle scored 21 points, just one shy of his career high, and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field in the first half. Jeff Cowans, Brown and Anthony Slater scored 17, 16 and 15, respectively. On the boards, Dingle and Robert Williams had seven rebounds each.
GSU was led by Lamont McIntosh, who scored a game high 27 points. Thomas Terrell
had 18, Darryl Cooper had 14 and Nate Williams rounded out the double digit scorers with 14.
Williams had a game high 11 boards.
FAU will next play host to Campbell University, 7 pm, Monday.