Jan. 24, 2006
BOCA RATON, FL - The Florida Atlantic men's basketball team had its five-game winning streak snapped against Lipscomb 66-50 on Tuesday evening at FAU Arena.
Junior DeAndre Rice scored 17 points and had six rebounds, and senior Rodney Webb netted 13 points to go along with eight rebounds. Webb scored the first basket of the game, the only lead of the night for the Owls.
FAU forced 21 turnovers by the Bisons. Lipscomb compensated with a 52.3% shooting night from the field and was spurred by six three-pointers in the first half.
Brian Fisk scored 12 points and James Poindexter had 11 in the first half, as the Bisons took a 34-21 lead at the break. FAU had 17 rebounds, including nine offensive, in the opening 20 minutes.
The Owls fought to within nine points at 53-44 with 3:47 remaining but were not able to pull any closer down the stretch.
FAU shot 32.7% from the field, while the Bisons hit 52.3%. The Owls had a season-low four assists in the game and committed 17 turnovers.
"This is a big moment for us," stated head coach Matt Doherty after the game. "That (Lipscomb) was a very good team out there, and we knew they were going to be a strong challenge for us. A loss like this is a test of our maturity, especially as we head to Nashville to face Belmont and Lipscomb again this weekend."
With the loss the Owls (9-8, 8-2 A-Sun) fell from a tie for first place in the Atlantic Sun and are now tied with the Bisons (12-6, 8-2 A-Sun) for second, with the first half of conference play complete. Kennesaw State, whose only loss this season is to FAU, is alone in first with a record of 9-1.
FAU is back in action on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Belmont before facing Lipscomb at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. All of the action in both games can be heard on 1040 AM WLVJ and www.fausports.com.