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Records Fall as Owls Clinch A-Sun Tourney Berth

Feb. 26, 2004

Final Stats

BOCA RATON, FL - Earnest Crumbley set three records as Florida Atlantic University clinched a berth in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament with a 95-80 victory over Campbell University Thursday night in Boca Raton, FL. Crumbley set FAU single-game records with 39 points and 11 three-pointers while becoming the all-time leading scorer in FAU history with 1,525 points. The Owls also set a team record with 18 three-pointers. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for FAU as the Owls improved to 9-17 overall and 6-13 in the A-Sun. Campbell dropped to 3-23 and 3-16, respectively.

Jeff Cowans and Mike Bell added 14 points. Cowans had four treys while Bell had two.

Campbell raced out to a 19-8 lead at the 11:55 mark of the first half and led 21-11 before FAU scored 10 straight points, helped by two treys by Crumbley. Later in the half, Crumbley had back-to-back threes to cap off an 8-0 run as FAU led 39-32. Crumbley hit his eighth three just before the first half ended to give the Owls a 45-34 halftime lead.

The Owls seized control of the game to start the second half as they put together a 15-7 run and led 60-41 at the 14:22 mark.

Crumbley's 39 points surpassed the 38 scored by Ray Schultz February 23, 1989 in the program's first season. His 11 threes broke the old mark of eight he shared with Cowans. Crumbley entered the game with 1,486 points, trailing Craig Buchanan, who scored 1,501 points from 1993-97. FAU's 18 threes broke the old mark of 15 set January 16, 1999, against Jacksonville.

FAU entered the contest needing just one win or one Campbell loss to secure a berth in next week's A-Sun Tournament.

Florida Atlantic concludes its regular season Saturday when it hosts Gardner-Webb at 7:00pm. Crumbley, Cowans, Wes Edwards, and Jeff Hamilton will be honored as part of senior day.



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