Feb. 12, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - For the second straight game, Florida Atlantic University went into double-overtime as the Owls were defeated by Stetson University, 76-72, Thursday night in Boca Raton, FL. Mike Bell had a record night as he led all scorers with 24 points and set an FAU record with 23 rebounds. It wasn't enough, though, as the Owls dropped to 8-14 on the year and 5-10 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Stetson (11-11, 10-5 A-Sun) was led by Kevin Craig, who scored 21 points. Anthony Register scored 19 as the Hatters extended their winning streak to four games. E.J. Gordon added 17 before fouling out in overtime.
Stetson opened the game with a 20-10 lead with 12:17 left in the first half. FAU came back to pull to within 31-25 at the half. Bell was well on his way at that point with six points and 11 rebounds at the break.
In the second half, the Owls dominated the first 11 minutes as they outscored Stetson 21-8 and led 46-39. The run was capped off by an Earnest Crumbley layup. Crumbley had 21 points, including five three-pointers, to pull to within 56 points of the all-time FAU scoring record.
The teams traded threes in the final 1:36 of regulation as Register hit one from outside to tie the game at 55. Bell came back to hit a three to put FAU up 58-55 with 1:10 left. A three by Derrick DeWitt tied the game at 58 with 46 seconds left which accounted for the final scoring of regulation.
In the first overtime, FAU led 63-61 with 1:13 left on a dunk by Bell. Craig grabbed an offensive rebound on the next possession and had a put-back with 52 seconds left. FAU turned it over on its next possession and Craig missed a three-pointer as time expired.
Stetson scored the first eight points of the second overtime and held on with free throws to preserve the victory.
Bell's rebounding mark broke the old record of 21 set by Daryl Kanning January 8, 1990 against Methodist.
For the game, FAU shot 36 percent compared to Stetson's 44 percent. The Owls outrebounded the Hatters 48-34. FAU committed 20 turnovers and forced 19.
In its last game on January 7, FAU was defeated by Belmont, 57-54, in double overtime.
Florida Atlantic next hosts Jacksonville Saturday night at 7:00pm.