Feb. 5, 2004
NASHVILLE, TN - Mike Bell had 20 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Florida Atlantic University was defeated by Lipscomb University, 75-67, Thursday night in Nashville, TN. Albert Hacker led all scorers with 22 points while Brian Fish added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Bisons. Lipscomb shot 59 percent in the second half as it erased a one-point halftime deficit.
FAU (8-12, 5-8 Atlantic Sun Conference) opened up an 11-4 lead with 16:52 left in the first half after a three-pointer by Pierre Tucker. The Owls led most of the first half behind 10 points from Jimmy Bishop. Lipscomb's only first half lead came with 1:23 left when a Corey King layup made it 29-28.
The second half was a different story as Lipscomb (7-14, 4-9 A-Sun) opened up with a 10-2 run and led 39-32 with 16:26 left in the game. A layup by Robert Williams, who finished with 14 points, followed by a pair of free throws by Iyke Okafor at the 15:24 mark, pulled FAU to within 41-36.
Later on, trailing 46-38, Williams connected again, and Bell nailed a three-pointer to close the gap to 46-43 with 11:10 remaining. That's as close as the Owls would get as Lipscomb went on a 14-4 run and led 60-47 with 5:59 left.
"It was a difficult game. We started out well, but unfortunately we just went flat, especially in the second half," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "(Lipscomb) had more will and determination than we did in the second half."
For the game, Lipscomb shot 48 percent. The Bisons went 10-for-29 in the first half before going 19-for-32 in the second half. FAU shot 35 percent for the game. The Owls held a 46-43 advantage on the boards.
Hacker scored 16 of his points in the second half and also had a game-high eight blocks.
The loss was the fourth straight for FAU as it next faces Belmont Saturday afternoon at 5:15 EST in Nashville.
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