Robert Williams is one of four seniors on the squad
Nov. 6, 2004
Florida Atlantic University fell to Barry, 77-69, Saturday afternoon at FAU Gymnasium in the first of two exhibition games this season. Rodney Webb and Robert Williams each led the Owls with 17 points. Webb pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Owls, playing with seven newcomers, trailed almost the entire game. Their only lead was at 10-9 at the 15:28 mark of the first half. The Buccaneers then went on a 22-8 run over the next 11 minutes to take their largest lead of the game, 31-18, with 4:04 left in the half. FAU closed the gap to 36-27 at the break.
The Owls opened the second half on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 36 with 17:51 to play. Williams scored the last five points of the run, including a three-point play that tied the score.
Barry responded with a 7-1 run and never relinquished the lead. The Bucs led by as many as nine points with 7:45 to play. The closest the Owls would get would be 68-66 after a pair of Fred Marshall free throws with 1:53 remaining. Webb nailed a three-pointer with 34 seconds to play to pull the Owls within 72-69. Barry closed the game making its final five free throws.
Barry's Clifford Smith led all scorers with 18 points. Nick Perez added 17, while Amadou Fall had 14.
FAU shot 41 percent from the field compared to Barry's 53 percent. FAU shot just 56 percent from the line on 14-for-25 shooting. Barry finished 16-for-20 for 80 percent.
"I think we accomplished a lot of things in the game despite the loss," said head coach Sidney Green. "We came out with the jitters in the first half but bounced back in the second. We worked on different combinations, and they seemed to work effectively despite the absence of our three top players."
Florida Atlantic will host Florida Tech November 11 at 7:00pm in its final exhibition game.