Feb. 10, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, FL - Florida Atlantic University used a dominating second half and a season-high 62 percent shooting to wallop Jacksonville University, 100-73, Thursday night in Jacksonville, FL. The Owls outscored the Dolphins 62-29 in the final 20 minutes to improve to 8-14 overall and 8-7 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Mike Bell led six Owls in double-figures with 20 points. Tywain McTyer and Derrick Simmons each added 14.
FAU trailed 46-38 with 18:36 to play before taking control of the game. The Owls scored 15 points in the next three minutes and led 53-50 at the 15:44 mark. Three minutes later, FAU led 60-52 on a three-point play by Bell.
Leading 65-56, FAU went on a 9-0 run and led 74-56 with 8:55 to play. JU closed to within 78-68 with 6:01 left before the Owls put a final stamp on the performance.
After calling a timeout, FAU closed the game with a 22-5 run and held the Dolphins to just one field goal the rest of the way. At one point, McTyer scored 12 straight points for the Owls before Lamar Moore and Jimmy Bishop scored the final six points on three-pointers.
"This was a very important game for us," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "Our players played well, and it was a total team effort. Now we need to keep our focus and play well the remainder of the season."
Rodney Webb added 11 points, and Kahleaf Watson finished with 10. FAU held JU to 39 percent from the field and forced the Dolphins into 22 turnovers. JU's Haminn Quaintance posted a game-high 27 points and 15 rebounds.
Robert Williams had eight rebounds for the Owls, giving him 550 for his career. He trails Damon Arnette by one at the top of FAU's career rebounding list.
The win keeps FAU among the top eight teams in the A-Sun with five left in the regular season. The top eight teams advance to the A-Sun Tournament next month.
Florida Atlantic next faces Stetson Saturday night in DeLand, FL.