Jan. 20, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL -- Jeff Cowans scored a game-high 19 points to lead Florida Atlantic University to a 71-64 victory over Stetson University Monday night in Boca Raton, FL. With the win, FAU snaps a nine-game losing streak and improves to 5-12 overall and 1-4 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Stetson falls to 2-13 and 0-6, respectively.
Cowans scored 15 points in the second half alone as FAU erased a five-point deficit with 8:26 left in the game. Nick Neumann also helped the FAU cause, scoring a career-high 17 points and hauling in a game-high 11 rebounds. It marks the third straight game Neumann has posted a double-double. Cowans and Neumann combined for 28 of FAU's 39 second half points.
"It was his third double-double in a row," said FAU head coach Sidney Green on the play of Neumann. "I'm expecting that from him now. We need him to continue to play well."
FAU began the game with an 11-3 lead, hitting five of its first six shots over the first 3:52 of the first half. Avery Headley scored six of his 11 points in that opening burst. After a layup by Drew Skeeter at the 8:59 mark of the half put the Owls up 25-18, the Hatters responded with a 10-0 run. A layup by Ravii Givens put Stetson up 28-25 with 3:48 left in the half before FAU would come back to tie the game at 32-32 at the break.
In the second half, the Hatters opened up a 40-36 lead with 15:10 left before FAU responded with five quick points to lead 41-40. Stetson countered with a 19-10 run to lead 55-50 at the 8:26 mark.
FAU then went on an 11-2 run over the next 2:03 to regain the lead at 61-57 with 5:59 left. The last seven points of the run were scored by Cowans, who actually scored nine straight for FAU as the Owls never relinquished the lead. Stetson would get as close as three points with 2:39 remaining as the Owls went 6-for-6 from the line down the stretch to preserve the victory.
Both teams struggled from the field as FAU shot 38.1 percent compared to Stetson's 37.3 percent. The Owls controlled the boards, though, claiming a 46-36 advantage. Cowans pulled in nine rebounds, which was one off of his career-high.
FAU shot 20-for-24 from the free throw line while Stetson went 15-for-23. The Owls committed 19 turnover's while Stetson had 14.
Earnest Crumbley was the fourth Owl in double-figures with 10 points. The junior went 2-for-4 from beyond the arc.
Stetson was led by E.J. Gordon, who scored 13 points. Anthony Register tossed in 12 while Alexis McMillan and Ravii Givens each had 10.
Florida Atlantic next plays at Georgia State on January 23 in a rematch of last year's A-Sun Tournament title game.