Feb. 2, 2002
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's Jeff Cowans scored with 3.5 seconds to play to lift FAU over Troy State University, 67-66, Saturday night in Boca Raton, FL. The victory improves FAU to 12-8 overall and 9-4 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. TSU dropped to 13-7 and 9-4 in the A-Sun, setting up a tie between the Owls and Trojans atop the A-Sun.
Cowans led FAU with 17 points while Raheim Brown added 16. TSU's Lamayn Wilson led all scorers with 18 points.
A pair of free throws by Marcus Millhouse with 7:38 to play gave TSU a 59-51 lead and completed a 16-5 run. However, FAU countered with a 10-1 run over the next 4:26 to take a 61-60 lead with 3:12 remaining. With the game tied at 65 with 45 seconds left, Lacedrick Pettway made the first of two free throws to give TSU a 66-65 lead. He missed the second giving FAU their first chance at taking the lead. Pettway promptly stole the ball with 22 seconds left and was fouled. He missed two more free throws setting up one final possession for FAU. A missed lay-up by Brown with 5 seconds left was rebounded by Cowans from three feet out setting up the sophomore's game-winning shot. TSU's Robert Rushing failed to get a shot off as time expired.
"It's a good feeling," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "I'm proud of every kid. The last five minutes they were poised. We have been in this position before, and the team coached themselves. That was nice to see."
FAU's largest lead was five points in the first minute of the first half. TSU led 39-36 at the half.
FAU shot 47 percent in the game compared to TSU's 37 percent. TSU outrebounded FAU 38-33 but forced the Owls into 22 turnovers. FAU went 11-of-22 from beyond the arc as Cowans and Earnest Crumbley each had four treys. Crumbley finished with 12.
Ben Fletcher added 13 points for Troy State while Donnie Pemberton scored 10. TSU went 15-of-22 from the foul line while FAU went just 4-of-6. It was the 11th time this year FAU was involved in game decided by eight points or less.
Florida Atlantic next hosts Mercer Monday at 7:00pm.