Owls' Rally Comes Up Short
Mike Bell led FAU with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Mike Bell led FAU with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Jan. 28, 2004

Final Stats

ORLANDO, FL -- UCF raced out to a 43-27 halftime lead and held off a Florida Atlantic University rally to defeat the Owls 75-66 Wednesday night in Orlando, FL. The win was the 14th straight for the Golden Knights as they improved to 16-2 on the year and 11-0 in the A-Sun. FAU fell to 8-10 overall and 5-6 in the A-Sun.

Roberto Morentin led all scorers with a career-high 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Mike Bell led the Owls with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Cowans scored 12.

FAU opened the game with a brief two-point lead before UCF opened up a 10-point cushion middway through the half. A three-point play by Earnest Crumbley at the 7:15 mark made it 30-23 UCF. The Golden Knights then closed the half on a 13-4 run and led by 16 at the break. The biggest difference in the first half was a 32-13 edge by UCF on the boards.

UCF led 46-27 with 19:41 left in the game before FAU, or more specifically, Bell, mounted a rally. Bell scored the next 10 points as a 10-2 run pulled the Owls within 48-37 at the 16:07 mark. With UCF leading 53-39, FAU then scored eight straight points, capped off by a Bell jumper, to pull to within 53-47 with 11:12 left.

That's as close as FAU would get as UCF opened up as much as a 14-point lead down the stretch. Dexter Lyons added 16 points for the Golden Knights while Josh Bodden scored 11.

FAU outshot UCF 41 percent to 40 percent. The Owls finished 6-for-17 from beyond the arc but were just 12-for-26 from the line. UCF finished with a 51-32 edge on the boards.

FAU next faces Troy State, February 2, at FAU Gymnasium.



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