Feb. 14, 2002
BOCA RATON, FL - Earnest Crumbley scored 21 points, including a perfect 10-for-10 performance from the free-throw line, in Florida Atlantic University's 78-68 victory over Jacksonville State University, Thursday night in Boca Raton. Raheim Brown tied an FAU record with six blocks.
With the victory, FAU moves into a third-place tie in the Atlantic Sun Conference with three games remaining in the regular season. The win improves FAU to 14-10 overall and 11-6 in A-Sun play. JSU falls to 10-13 and 7-10, respectively.
"I'm happy for the kids that we were able to come away with a (win)," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "But, as a head coach we are not playing winning basketball. By that, I mean we are not executing or playing smart. I'm happy with Earnest's play. Raheim did not have his usual double-double. He did start playing defense and had six blocks. With Raheim not hitting his shots, it was good to see people step up and play and that we won."
Poonie Richardson led JSU with18 points while Jay Heard had 13. Omar Barlett also added 12 points in the loss.
FAU was helped by 21-of-26 shooting from the line while JSU went just 7-of-16 from the stripe. That helped overshadow the fact the Gamecocks outshot and outrebounded the Owls.
FAU remains one game behind conference leader Troy State and one-half game behind Georgia State and is now tied for third with Jacksonville. The Owls will host Samford Saturday at 7:00pm. The game will also feature senior night, in which Raheim Brown, John Smart, Daryl Dingle, and Anthony Slater will be honored before the game.
"The Samford game will be exciting," said Green. "We lost a grueling game to Samford a month ago, a game that went into overtime."