Feb. 19, 2004
ATLANTA, GA - Pierre Tucker scored a game-high 21 points, but it wasn't enough as Georgia State University defeated Florida Atlantic University, 90-76, Thursday night in Atlanta. GSU never trailed as Kevin Thomas led five Panthers in double-figures with 16 points. FAU fell to 8-16 overall and 5-12 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. GSU improved to 16-8 and 11-6 in the A-Sun.
Earnest Crumbley added 16 for the Owls and now needs just 31 points to become FAU's all-time leading scorer. Mike Bell had his ninth double-double and seventh in eight games with 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Kahleaf Watson added 10.
FAU never led as Georgia State built a 37-24 halftime lead. The Panthers exploded in the second half with a 27-13 run and led 64-37 with 10:53 left in the game. FAU put together a valiant attempt to come back with a 20-7 run and trailed 71-57 with 6:09 left. FAU would get as close as 83-72 with 1:05 left.
"Unfortunately we had that mental lapse again," said FAU head coach Sidney Green on the opening minutes of the second half. "I give Georgia State credit because they were able to take advantage of it. I also give our kids a lot of credit. They fought, they clawed, and they scratched their way back in, but unfortunately time ran out on us."
GSU shot 53 percent while FAU managed 46 percent. The Panthers outrebounded the Owls 38-32 while both teams committed 21 turnovers.
Florida Atlantic next faces Mercer Saturday night at 7:00pm.