Feb. 12, 2005
DeLAND, FL - Florida Atlantic University won its third straight game, all on the road, as it defeated Stetson University, 81-75, Saturday night in DeLand, FL. The win improves FAU to 9-14 overall and moves the Owls into a tie for fourth-place in the Atlantic Sun Conference at 9-7. Rodney Webb led FAU with a career-high 25 points. Quinton Young finished with 17, and Mike Bell added 16 points and 15 rebounds. FAU is now 6-2 against A-Sun foes on the road and has won five of its past six overall. Stetson drops to 10-14 overall and 8-9 in the A-Sun. E.J. Gordon led the Hatters with 30 points and 15 rebounds.
Neither team led by more than three points in the game's first seven minutes before Stetson opened up a 19-13 lead with 11:21 left in the first half. The Owls stormed back with a 10-0 run that included four points each by Bell and Kahleaf Watson and led 23-20 at the 8:20 mark.
Stetson responded with a 12-0 run and led 31-23 with 4:49 left in the half. The runs continued as FAU came back with seven straight, capped off by a Young trey, to pull to within 32-30 with 2:49 to go in the half. The Hatters pushed their lead back up to eight before the Owls ended the half trailing 38-35.
The Owls opened the second half with a 15-5 run and, on a Robert Williams jumper at the 15:44 mark, led 50-43. A Young three-pointer with 12:13 remaining made it 59-51. When Webb connected on a jumper with 8:32 remaining, the Owls had their largest lead of the night at 65-53.
From that point, it was a matter of finishing for the Owls, who never allowed Stetson to get closer than four points. FAU scored its final eight points from the foul line to secure the win.
"Our players have known just as well as the coaches that we needed to get better at finishing games," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "Tonight, I'm proud of the way they were able to do just that."
FAU's winning streak is its longest since winning four straight in December of 2003.
"It's another great win for the team," added Green. "I'm very proud of how our team is coming together. Our players are never satisfied. They're continually looking to improve."
The Owls shot 47 percent, including 52 percent in the second half while holding the Hatters to 39 percent.
Webb finished the night 9-for-12 from the field and 7-for-7 from the line. Williams tied the Owls' all-time rebounding mark. He now shares the record with Damon Arnette, who finished his career in 1999 with 551 boards. Watson added eight points, five rebounds, and nine assists.
Florida Atlantic next hosts Georgia State Thursday at 7:00pm. The Owls lost to the Panthers 75-73 on January 5 in Atlanta but are 4-0 in games against teams that defeated them already this year.
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