Feb. 19, 2005
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University was defeated by Mercer University, 107-88, Saturday afternoon at FAU Gymnasium in Boca Raton. The difference in the game was a 25-2 run by the Bears to late in the first half as the Owls fell to 9-16 overall and 9-9 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Mercer improved to 14-11 and 9-9 in the A-Sun. Will Emerson led all scorers with 28 points. FAU was led by Kahleaf Watson's career-high 21 points.
Neither team led by more than five points in the game's first 13 minutes while both teams were red-hot from the field. However, the complexion of the game turned dramatically in the final seven minutes of the first half. With FAU leading 36-31, Mercer went on a 10-0 run in a span of two minutes and led 41-36 at the 4:58 mark. After a pair of free throws by Tywain McTyer pulled the Owls within 41-38, the Bears ripped off 15 more points and led 56-38 with 1:49 left in the half.
Mercer outscored the Owls 27-7 in the final seven minutes of the half and held FAU to two field goals during the same stretch. Mercer shot 21-of-32 for 66 percent in the first half while the Owls were 54 percent on 15-of-28 shooting.
In the second half, FAU wasn't able to string together a run of its own. The closest the Owls could get was 69-63 with 12:26 remaining before the Bears slowly increased their lead again.
Mercer shot 58 percent for the game while the Owls were 49 percent from the field. The Bears were 10-for-20 from beyond the arc and 23-for-30 from the line.
The Bears received 23 points from Jacob Skogen. Wesley Duke had 21 while Ross Alaqua finished with 12.
Florida Atlantic next faces Campbell February 24 in Buies Creek, NC, in the first of two games on the road to end the regular season. FAU concludes its season February 26 at Gardner-Webb. Both games can be heard on WLVJ 1040-AM.