Feb 13, 2003
Jeff Cowans scored a game high 23 points, including 16 in the second half, in Florida Atlantic University's (7-17, 3-9 A-Sun) 83-78 loss to Atlantic Sun Conference opponent Stetson University (6-15, 4-8 A-Sun), Thursday night.
FAU opened the game with a pace that kept Stetson off balance scoring just two points, on free-throws in the first three minutes of the game. Despite a Hatters' timeout, FAU built a 32-20 lead with less than eight minutes to play. Earnest Crumbley lead the Owls first half action with a 5-of-8 performance for 15 points.
Stetson began to slow the play and take advantage of free-throws to pull win four but saw FAU going into the intermission up by six, 42-36. Earnest Crumbley, who ended the night with 17, points scored 15 in the first half all on three-pointers.
FAU returned to the court for second half action only to see Crumbley playing in a crowd and three of the starters sidelined in foul trouble. Cowans found the open shot and began his second half efforts. The Owls bench contributed 23 points including 11 by Chris Thomas.
Stetson took its first lead of the game when Anthony Register connected on three-consecutive free-throws to take a 71-70 advantage. His time at the charity stripe was followed by an FAU turnover and a Jose McNeal dunk.
The Owls would take the lead one final time on two free throws by Cowans, but saw Stetson close the game on a 12-7 run.
Stetson was led by E.J. Gordon's 18 point effort. Alexis McMillan had 16 while Derrick DeWitt and Josef McNeal had 15 and 11, respectively. McNeal had eight boards.
The 2002-2003 series is evened at one, but the Owls fall one game behind Stetson in the conference race.
FAU will next play Jacksonville University, 7 pm, Friday.
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