Feb. 24, 2005
BUIES CREEK, NC - Quinton Young scored a career-high 34 points as Florida Atlantic University kept its A-Sun Tournament hopes alive with an 89-83 victory over Campbell Thursday night in Buies Creek, NC. Young made 10 three-pointers as FAU withstood foul trouble to improve to 10-16 overall and 10-9 in the A-Sun. Campbell fell to 2-24 overall, extending its losing streak to 21.
The win moves FAU into a tie for seventh with Troy. The Trojans were defeated by Lipscomb while UCF moved into a first-place tie with Gardner-Webb after defeating the Bulldogs on Thursday. The top eight teams advance to next week's A-Sun Tournament, with the winner of the chanpionship receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The win improved FAU to an A-Sun best 7-2 on the road in conference games. The Owls have won five straight away from FAU Gymnasium.
"I'm very proud of our team," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "Quinton of course made some big shots down the stretch. Overall, we played extremely well."
FAU led most of the night and held a 48-36 advantage with 2:27 left in the half before settling for a 50-44 lead at the break.
The Owls pushed the lead back to eight before the Camels came back with a 7-0 run to pull within 52-51 at the 17:04 mark of the second half.
FAU then used a 13-3 run to take a 65-54 lead with 14:21 to play. The Camels followed with another burst and pulled to within 70-67 with 9:12 to play. At the 6:38 mark, and FAU leading by four, Tywain McTyer fouled out, 30 seconds after Kahleaf Watson did the same. That left the Owls with Brandon Cournoyer at the point for the remainder of the game.
Campbell was able to cut the deficit to two points but never able to regain the lead as the Owls made free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.
Young went 4-for-7 from beyond the arc in the first half before draining six of eight attempts in the second half. His 34 points were an FAU season high. Rodney Webb finished with 17, and Mike Bell scored 10. Watson dished out 10 assists before fouling out at the 6:55 mark.
Campbell was led by Ruell Pringle and Maurice Latham, each scoring 16. Diego Aguiar added 14.
FAU shot 52 percent from the field and held Campbell to 45 percent.
Florida Atlantic closes out its regular season Saturday at Gardner-Webb. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:15pm, and the game will be broadcast live on WLVJ 1040-AM.