Jan. 9, 2005
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University outscored Stetson University 14-2 in overtime to take an 81-69 victory Sunday afternoon at FAU Gymnasium. Mike Bell led all scorers with 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds as FAU improved to 3-9 overall and 3-2 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Quinton Young scored 17, including a 5-for-11 effort from beyond the arc. Stetson dropped to 4-8 and 2-3 in the A-Sun. Karl Hollingsworth led Stetson with 18 points.
Stetson overcame a 16-point second half deficit to tie the game on a Will Holloman three-pointer with eight seconds left in regulation. The Owls were unable to break the tie as time expired, sending the game into overtime.
Each team started the game struggling from the field, hitting just one field goal apiece in the game's first 4:28. With Stetson leading 4-3, FAU went on a 15-5 run and led 18-9 at the 10:33 mark. A pair of free throws by Mark Stiles with 1:47 left in the half pulled the Hatters to within 30-29. The Owls scored the last four points of the half to extend its lead to 36-31.
FAU appeared to have the game in hand when Fred Marshall, who finished with 10, hit a three-pointer with 15:07 left in the game to put the Owls up 52-36. Stetson came back with an 11-2 run and trailed 54-47 at the 11:00 mark. FAU opened up a 61-51 lead with 7:01 to play before the Hatters picked away again.
A three-pointer by Hollingsworth with 4:35 remaining made it 61-56. A three-point play by E.J. Gordon made it 64-62 with 2:49 to play. Young connected for a three-pointer with 1:47 left to make it 67-62 before Stetson scored the final five points of regulation to tie the game.
Stetson never led in overtime as FAU scored the first five points behind a pair of Bell free throws and a Young three at the 3:42 mark. A jumper by Hollingsworth with 2:30 left was the only score of the period for Stetson, which was outscored 9-0 the rest of the way.
Freshman Tywain McTyer dished out a acreer-high 10 assists and didn't commit a turnover in 21 minutes of action.
It was the second overtime win of the week for FAU, which defeated Mercer on Monday in triple-overtime. It was also the third straight time the Owls and Hatters went to overtime, as FAU snapped a three-game losing streak to Stetson.
Florida Atlantic continues its four-game homestand Tuesday night when it hosts Jacksonville at 7:00pm.
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