Jimmy Bishop was one of four seniors honored prior to the game as part of Senior Day.
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.