Feb. 6, 2005
TROY, AL - Mike Bell scored 27 points and tied a season-high with 15 rebounds to lead Florida Atlantic University to critical Atlantic Sun Conference victory at Troy University Sunday afternoon in Troy, AL. FAU held on to defeat the Trojans 82-80. Corey Hornsby led Troy with 22 points but missed a three-pointer from the right corner with one second left in the contest. Rodney Webb finished with 13 points, and Robert Williams and Tywain McTyer each added 10. The win improved FAU to 7-14 overall and 7-7 in the A-Sun. The loss was Troy's third straight, dropping the Trojans to 9-14 overall and 7-7 in the A-Sun.
FAU improved its A-Sun road record to 4-2. The Owls and the Trojans are now tied for eighth-place, two games behind leader Gardner-Webb. Three games separate 10 of the 11 teams in the conference as eight are fighting to qualify for the A-Sun Tournament.
"I'm very proud of our kids," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "They played extremely hard. They played focused, and they followed the game plan. Everybody contributed and it was a total team effort. They showed a lot of heart and character today to come up with this victory."
The win snapped FAU's six-game losing streak to Troy and was just the Owls second ever at Trojan Arena. It avenged a 99-93 loss to Troy at FAU Gymnasium earlier this year.
Neither team led by more than eight points as the game was highlighted by several mini runs. Troy opened up a 12-4 lead and led 18-12 at the 13:03 mark before the Owls went on a 9-0 run. It began with a Bell tip-in and continued when Derrick Simmons went 1-for-2 from the line. Bell followed with a three-pointer, and Pierre Tucker capped off the run with a trey with 10:43 left in the half to give FAU a 21-18 lead.
Troy came back with an 8-0 run and led by as much as seven points with 6:23 left in the half. The Owls then used a 7-0 run capped off by a Bell lay-up to tie the game at 33 with 4:13 left in the half. Troy led 37-36 at the half.
In the second half, FAU led by one point at the 17:13 mark before running off six straight points to take a 51-44 lead. The Trojans responded with a 12-5 run and tied the game at 56 with 12:32 to go. FAU countered with a 10-2 run and had its largest lead of the game, 66-58, with 10:25 remaining.
Troy chipped away and tied the game at 71 with 4:13 remaining. The Owls then scored four straight points from the foul line and led 75-71 with 2:58 to go. FAU never trailed again and led by as many as six points. The Owls were helped by 25-for-32 shooting from the foul line, and went 11-for-14 in the final 6:08. FAU had just one field goal during the same time.
FAU shot 45 percent compared to Troy's 46 percent. The Owls dominated the boards, outrebounding the Trojans 47-25. FAU also outscored Troy by 13 at the foul line as the Trojans went 12-for-14.
Florida Atlantic next plays at Jacksonville February 10 at 7:30pm.
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