Feb. 26, 2005
BOILING SPRINGS, NC - Florida Atlantic University had its season come to an end Saturday night in a 91-76 loss to Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC. The Owls, who needed a win to clinch a berth in next week's Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament, finish their season at 10-17 overall and 10-10 in the A-Sun. GWU's Simon Conn led all scorers with 27 points. Mike Bell led FAU with 18 points and 13 rebounds in his final game as an Owl. Quinton Young finished with 17, and Rodney Webb had 13.
FAU opened up an early 7-2 lead, but the Bulldogs then gained the lead, extending it to as many as 12 in the first half. FAU closed the half on a mini-run that made the score 38-33. The Bulldogs never trailed the rest of the way and built as much as a 14-point lead midway through the second half. FAU tried to rally, and thanks to a couple of Young three-pointers, pulled to within 75-69 with 2:37 to play.
That's as close as the Owls would get as GWU ended up scoring 16 of its final 18 points from the line to seal the victory.
Bell's 18 points gives him 1,001 for his career, along with 514 rebounds. He's only the second player in FAU history to score 1,000 and grab 500 rebounds. Robert Williams also had his career ended. Williams scored 10 points and hauled in nine rebounds. He ends his tenure at FAU as the school's all-time leading rebounder (575). Pierre Tucker also played his final game, scoring four for the Owls.
The win clinched the top-seed for GWU (16-11, 13-7 A-Sun) at the A-Sun Tournament.