Jan. 30, 2003
Samford University raced out to a 15-2 lead and never looked back as Florida Atlantic University shot 20 percent from the field in the first half. The Owls fell 73-53, Thursday night. With the loss, FAU falls to 5-15, and 1-7 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Samford improves to 4-11 and 4-4, respectively.
FAU found itself down 33-13 at halftime as the Owls couldn't find an answer to Samford's Princeton-style offense that sank shots many times just before the shot clock expired. The 13 points was the lowest total for FAU in a half this season.
FAU did improve the second half as junior Chris Thomas scored 15 of his game high 18 points. Thomas recorded a career-high five steals for the night, and was just one point shy from tying his career high mark of 19 points.
Teammate Earnest Crumbley also chipped in, scoring all 14 of his points in the second half. Together, Thomas and Crumbley hit seven threes in the second half. Both ended the game with four treys.
"I am very happy with how we played in the second half," said Sidney Green. "If we would have played that way in the first half, it probably would have been a different story."
FAU trailed by as many as 29 points in the second half with 11:34 left to play. The Owls never gave up, as the three-point barrage by Thomas and Crumbley began. FAU pulled within 19 with 4:41 to play. However, that was as close as the Owls would get.
For the game, FAU forced the Bulldogs into committing 22 turnovers compared to just 12 miscues its own. The Owls shot 32 percent overall compared to Samford's 63 percent and were out rebounded 33-22.
Cornell Felton lead Samford's balanced attack with 16 points. Tyson Dorsey, Robert Merritt, and Phillip Ramelli all scored in double digits as well.
FAU will host division leader Belmont Saturday at 7:00.