Feb. 3, 2007
TROY, AL -- DeAndre Rice tied a Florida Atlantic University men's basketball school record with 39 points but Troy University forced overtime and pulled out a 92-87 victory in Troy, AL on Saturday.
Rice went 12-for-24 from the floor, 10-for-16 from behind the arc, and grabbed three rebounds. The 10 made threes were one shy of FAU's school record. He has scored 71 points in his last two games and ties Earnest Crumbley for the school record for points in a single game. Crumbley scored 39 against Campbell on February 26, 2004. Brent Crews led Florida Atlantic with 10 rebounds while Paul Graham had a team-high seven assists. Carlos Monroe narrowly missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Troy had three players finish with more than 20 points led by Sammy Sharp's 25. Cedric Jackson added 21 and 10 rebounds while Richard Chaney scored 23 points.
FAU held a 42-40 halftime lead, but for the fourth-consecutive road game the Owls dropped a decision in which they were tied or led at the half.
The Owls took a six-point lead, 64-58, with 13:15 left in regulation on a pair of Rice free throws but the Trojans fought back to tie the game at 66 with 10:03 left. FAU rebuilt its lead to as many as nine, 78-69, with 5:47 left on two more free throws by Rice, but a 10-2 Trojan run had cut the lead to a single point, 80-79, after a pair of Jackson free throws with 3:55 remaining. Jackson was 10-for-10 from the charity stripe in the contest and the Trojans were 24-for-29 as a team. FAU attempted just 12 free throws, making 10.
A layup by Jeff Parmer gave FAU a three-point lead with 3:10 left, but a three by Boo Ramsey tied it up at 82 just 20 seconds later. Rice's 10th made triple of the night gave the Owls a three-point margin once again with 2:17 left, but Chaney's three with 28 seconds connected and sent the game to overtime as an off-balance shot at the buzzer by Rice was no good.
In the overtime, neither team was able to connect on a field goal attempt, but Troy made eight trips to the free throw line to FAU's two, and outscored the Owls 7-2 in the extra frame, including four clutch free throws by Chaney.
The Owls shot 45.7 percent in the game, 48.1 percent from deep and 83.3 percent from the line. The Trojans (9-12, 4-6 SBC) hit 43.3 percent of their field goals, 33.3 percent of their attempts from long range and 82.8 percent of their free throws.
Florida Atlantic (10-13, 6-7 SBC) will play its final non-conference game of the 2006-07 season on Tuesday when it travels to Farmville, VA to face Longwood.
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