Jan. 31, 2005
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's two-game winning streak came to an end after a 103-100 overtime loss to Belmont University Monday night in Boca Raton. Three Owls finished with over 20 points, but the Bruins used 53 percent shooting and 23 points from Justin Hare to secure the victory. The loss drops FAU to 6-14 overall and 6-7 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Belmont improved to 8-12 and 7-5, respectively.
The Owls had a chance to tie the game as overtime expired, but Mike Bell missed a three-pointer on the right wing. Bell, who was named A-Sun Player-of-the-Week earlier in the day, finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double. Rodney Webb and Quinton Young each led FAU with 23 points. Tywain McTyer added 10 to go along with a game-high eight assists.
Belmont opened up a 35-24 lead in the first half before the Owls closed the final 4:31 with a 13-3 run. Young had one of his four threes during the run while Kahleaf Watson closed the scoring with a three-point play with less than a second remaining. Belmont led 38-37 at the break.
FAU opened the second half with a bucket by Bell on the first possession and led 39-38. Neither team led by more than four points for the next eight minutes until the Bruins took a 66-59 lead with 11:19 to play.
Trailing by five, Bell made a three-pointer with 7:58 remaining to pull the Owls within 74-72. A minute later, Young connected for a trey to tie the game at 77. Belmont's Jese Snyder followed with consecutive treys to make it 83-77 before the Owls picked away again.
A Bell three at the 5:39 mark made it 83-80. Three minutes later, a dunk by Robert Williams tied the game at 86. Trailing by one, a Young three gave FAU an 89-88 lead with 1:29 remaining in regulation. Hare went 1-for-2 from the foul line with three seconds left to tie the game at 89. Watson missed a jumper as time expired, sending the game into overtime.
The Owls never led in the extra period as Belmont took a 97-92 two minutes in. A pair of free throws by Webb followed by a Webb dunk made it 98-96 with 2:23 to go. Young followed with a right baseline jumper to tie the game at 98.
After a pair of Josh Goodwin free throws, Watson made a layup with 1:21 left to tie the game at 100. Belmont's Will Peeples then made a lay-up of his own to make it 102-100. Watson missed a three-pointer on the next possession, and Goodwin went 1-for-2 from the line with nine seconds remaining to account for the final score.
The Owls shot 49 percent but committed 23 turnovers. The Bruins turned it over 18 times. Belmont finished 13-for-28 from beyond the arc and 28-for-35 from the line. The Owls were 8-for-21 from long range and 22-for-27 from the stripe.
Florida Atlantic next faces Troy Sunday in Troy, AL. The game tips at 3:00pm and can be heard live on WLVJ 1040-AM and www.fausports.com.