Jan. 12, 2002
TROY, AL - Florida Atlantic dropped its third overtime game of the season in a 107-100 double overtime loss to host Troy State University Saturday in Troy, AL. FAU was led by Andre Garner who scored a career-high 24 points. Troy State's Lamayn Wilson scored a career-high 43 points in the victory, including 26 in the second half and 11 in the second overtime. The loss drops FAU to 9-6 overall and 6-3 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. TSU improved to 9-5 and 5-2, respectively.
Troy State jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the game's first 1:24 before FAU battled back with a 27-10 run to lead 27-17 with 6:46 left in the half. An Earnest Crumbley three-pointer with 25 second left in the half game FAU a 38-35 lead at the break.
Both teams seemed to trade baskets in the second half. The largest lead was six on two occasions by TSU. A pair of free throws by Jeff Cowans with 17 seconds left in regulation gave FAU an 81-78 lead. However, a driving lay-up by TSU's Robert Rushing coupled by a foul by Raheim Brown on the play gave Rushing the chance to complete a three-point play tying the score at 81 and sending the game into overtime.
FAU would not lead in the first overtime, but Garner's trey with 42 seconds remaining tied the score at 90. Neither team could manage another point as the game went to a second overtime.
TSU seized control of the game with an 11-2 run in the first 3:44 of the second overtime. A three-pointer by Crumbley with nine seconds left pulled the Owls to within 105-100. A pair of free throws by Wilson with six seconds left accounted for the final score.
Daryl Dingle, Jeff Cowans, and Garner each finished with 18. Dingle also led all players with 12 rebounds. Brown was held in single digits for the first time this year. Garner and Crumbley each went 4-of-7 from beyond the arc as FAU finished 11-of-25 as a team. The Owls were outshot 54 percent to 48 percent but held a 51-33 edge on the boards.
TSU's Robert Rushing and Ben Fletcher each added 20 points while Lacedrick Pettway finished with 11.
Earlier this season, FAU lost to Virginia Commonwealth 88-84 in double overtime on December 8 before falling 68-66 in overtime on December 17 at Samford. TSU improved to 3-0 in overtime games this season.
FAU next plays at Birmingham-Southern January 16 in a non-conference match-up.
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