Feb. 23, 2002
DELAND, FL - Anthony Slater's three-pointer with two seconds remaining lifted Florida Atlantic University over Stetson University, 77-74, Saturday night in DeLand, FL. Raheim Brown led FAU with 20 points while Earnest Crumbley had 19 and Andre Garner 12. The win ended FAU's regular season with a 16-11 record and 13-7 in Atlantic Sun Conference play. The 16 wins tie an FAU Division I record set in 1996-97. The 13 A-Sun wins are two more than the mark set in the same season.
The exciting finish was unlike the beginning as neither team scored in the game's first five minutes. Stetson led 6-0 until FAU scored its first points with 13:03 left in the half. Stetson would take a 37-35 lead into the break.
The Hatters would open up a 58-49 lead with 12:08 left before the Owls went on an 8-0 run to pull to within 58-57 with 9:29 remaining. After the Hatters edged out 63-57, FAU went on a 12-0 run to take a 69-63 lead with 5:03 to play. Trailing 71-65 with 3:56 to play, Stetson went on a 5-0 run to pull to within 71-70 with 2:24 to play. FAU led 74-70 with 1:56 left before Stetson responded with a 4-0 run to tie the game at 74.
After Stetson missed an opportunity take the lead with less than 30 seconds to play, FAU had the ball with the chance to win the game on a final shot. After working the ball around, Slater launched the game-winner from the left wing to give FAU the 77-74 victory. Slater finished with seven points and had attempted just four treys all season long prior to the shot.
FAU outshot Stetson 48 percent to 42 percent and was outrebounded 41-35. The Owls also shot 47 percent from three-point range while the Hatters went just 26 percent. Garner led the Owls with nine rebounds.
Stetson was led by Ravii Givens' game-high 21 points. Santos Hampton had 20 points and 12 rebounds while Alexis McMillan finished with 17 points. The loss ended Stetson's hopes of claiming a spot in next week's A-Sun Tournament.
With the win, FAU grabs the no. 3 seed at the tournament and will face no. 6 Jacksonville at approximately 8:15pm on Thursday. FAU split its games with JU during the regular season with the road team winning both games. The two just met on February 21 in Jacksonville, with FAU winning 76-72. Both teams finished with identical 12-8 records in the A-Sun.
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