Jan. 5, 2005
ATLANTA, GA - Boyd Copeland made a 19-footer as time expired to lift Georgia State University to a 75-73 victory over Florida Atlantic University Wednesday night in Atlanta, GA. Kahleaf Watson made a jumper with five seconds remaining to tied the game at 73. Mike Bell led FAU with 23 points and nine rebounds. Fred Marshall added 11. The loss drops FAU to 2-9 overall and 2-2 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The Owls stormed out to an early 15-point lead. A pair of long three-pointers by Mike Bell helped spark a 28-13 spurt in the first 9:39 of the game. The Panthers responded with a run of their own and their first lead with 1:35 remaining at 37-35. In all, GSU closed out the first half on a 27-9 run and 40-37 lead.
GSU opened up a 59-48 lead with 12:38 left in the game before the Owls responded with another big run. Robert Williams converted a three-point play, and Lamar Moore hit a three-pointer to start the run. Moore made two free throws on a technical foul by Marcus Brown. In the next possession, Bell hit a three to tie the game at 59. The Owls would ultimately complete a 17-3 run and led 65-62 with 8:46 to play.
FAU would be held to four field goals the rest of the way as GSU came back with a 9-2 run and led 71-67 at the 5:44 mark. A lay-up by Rodney Webb pulled FAU to within 71-69 with 2:54 to play. After a GSU bucket to push the lead back to four, a lay-up by Bell with 1:02 left made it 73-71.
"Unfortunately we lost, but I am so proud of our guys," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "We will be a force to be reckoned with."
FAU shot 44 percent from the field compared to GSU's 45 percent. The Owls went 12-for-25 from beyond the arc while the Panthers were 11-for-29. Brown led all scorers with 26 points. Kevin Thomas added 16 for the Panthers. Copeland's only points came on the game-winning jumper.
The Owls were making a bid for their first win at GSU, dropping to 0-12 in such games. The game came two nights after FAU defeated Mercer, 104-101, in triple overtime.
Florida Atlantic returns home to begin a four-game homestand Sunday afternoon when it faces Stetson at 3:00pm.