Jan. 18, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL -- Avery Headley and Nick Neumann each had double-doubles, but they weren't enough as Florida Atlantic University was defeated by Jacksonville University, 74-63, Saturday night in Boca Raton, FL. JU's Calvin Warner led all scorers with 25 points.
FAU (4-12, 0-4 Atlantic Sun Conference) trailed most of the night as JU jumped out to a 27-17 lead with a pair of free throws by James Daniels with 6:45 left in the first half. FAU would get as close as five before JU (7-9, 2-2 A-Sun) closed the half leading 37-30.
A jumper by Daniels with 15:35 left put the Dolphins up 45-37 before FAU went on an 8-2 run to pull to within 47-46 at the 12:14 mark. The run includes five points from Neumann who finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. JU answered with a 6-0 run to regain a seven-point lead with 10:41 to play.
"We were down one with twelve minutes to left, and I thought we were going to pick it up even more and walk out with a victory," said FAU head coach Sidney Green.
Chris Thomas knocked down a jumper with 9:24 left to pull the Owls to within three before JU went on another 6-0 run to lead 59-50 with 8:34 left. Neumann hit a short-range field goal with 3:46 remaining to pull FAU to within 66-60, but that's as close as the Owls would get. Jacksonville put the game away with an 8-0 run to lead 74-60 with 1:18 to play.
"I am very proud we got 25 offensive rebounds against a good Jacksonville team," added Green. "Nick (Neumann) and Avery (Headley) both played especially well."
JU held FAU to just 32.8 percent shooting while going 51.8 percent from the field. The Owls held a 44-33 advantage on the boards but committed 21 turnovers compared to 16 for JU. The loss was FAU's ninth straight.
"I'm still very optimistic," said Green. "We have to keep working and get back to the basics and prepare for Stetson on Monday." Warner scored 25 points for the third time this year and was one point shy of tying his career-high. Kevin Sheppard scored 16 while Daniels finished with 14. The win gives JU's Hugh Durham 598 for his career.
Florida Atlantic next hosts Stetson University Monday night at 7:00pm.