Mike Bell led FAU with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Jan. 23, 2005
NASHVILLE, TN - Florida Atlantic University built a 15-point lead and then nearly overcame an 11-point deficit as it fell to Lipscomb University, 68-66, Sunday afternoon in Nashville, TN. FAU's Mike Bell led all scorers with 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Pierre Tucker added 17 for FAU as it fell to 4-13 overall and 4-6 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Lipscomb was led by Jason Guyette's 16 points and improved to 9-7 and 4-5 in the A-Sun.
The Owls could seemingly do nothing wrong at the outset as they built a 29-14 lead at the 8:11 mark of the first half. From that point, the lead slowly eroded and was trimmed to 33-31 with 3:46 left in the half. A three-point play by Tucker 40 seconds later pushed it back to a 37-32 advantage before the Owls settled for a 43-40 halftime lead.
FAU went ice-cold to start the second half. Lipscomb took its first lead, 44-43, on a Cameron Robinson layup at the 17:58 mark. The Bisons ran off five more points for a 9-0 start to the half and led 49-43 with 15:30 remaining. They pushed it to 53-44 less than two minutes later. A Bell layup with 10:31 left in the game was FAU's first field goal of the half and pulled the Owls to within 53-48.
The Bisons responded with an 11-5 run and took a 64-53 lead with 4:36 to go. The lead was also 11 at the 2:52 mark before the Owls rallied. Tywain McTyer made two free throws 10 seconds later to make it 68-59. FAU forced a turnover on its press, and Bell scored to cut the deficit to seven. After another Lipscomb turnover and a Bell three-point play, the lead was 68-64 at the 2:17 mark.
With 1:40 remaining, Kahleaf Watson made a pair of free throws to make it 68-66. Neither team would score the rest of the way as FAU's final chance with three seconds remaining ended with a turnover on an inbounds pass with the length of the court to go..
The Owls were held to 26 percent shooting in the second half while Lipscomb shot 57 percent in the final frame. Overall, the Bisons outshot the Owls 45 percent to 38 percent. Each team had 17 turnovers with Lipscomb outrebounding FAU 40-36.
Florida Atlantic next plays at Belmont Tuesday night in Nashville. The game tips at 8:00pm EST and can be heard on WLVJ 1040-AM.