Feb. 15, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Florida Atlantic University fell victim to 57-percent shooting by Jacksonville University in an 89-54 loss Saturday night in Jacksonville, FL. FAU managed just 28 percent from the field as JU controlled the game from the beginning.
FAU (7-18, 3-10 Atlantic Sun Conference) fell behind 12-1 in the game's first 3:39 but was able to cut the lead to 16-10 with 12:41 left in the first half. JU (12-12, 7-5 A-Sun) then used a 15-2 run over the next 5:11 to take a commanding 31-12 lead. The Dolphins would build a 50-25 lead at the half.
Earnest Crumbley, who led FAU with 17 points, scored the Owls' first 12 points in the second half to help close the gap to 58-37 with 15:17 to play. That would be as close as FAU would get as the Dolphins scored 14 straight points and led 72-37 with 10:57 left. JU would lead by as many as 37 points before winning by 35.
JU was led by James Daniels, who scored 22 points. Calvin Warner added 20 while Kevin Sheppard had 17. JU went 34-for-60 from the field while FAU went 20-for-71.
Jeff Cowans was FAU's only other double-figure scorer. The junior had 15 points, including 10 in the second half.
"This loss hurts a whole lot because our players are trying so hard," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "They want to do well, and unfortunately it's not going the way we anticipated, from the start of the season."
"I told them after the game I am proud of them and will always be proud of them and that we are still champions until someone else takes the crown away from us," added Green.
The loss nearly ends any hopes FAU has of returning to the A-Sun Tournament to defend last year's championship. The Owls are 2 and one-half games behind Georgia State, which would occupy the final spot in the tournament if the season ended today. FAU plays three more games, all at home, to close its regular season schedule.