Nov. 9, 2002
BOCA RATON, FL - In a exhibition match-up between two Boca Raton universities, Florida Atlantic University was defeated by Lynn University, 67-58, Saturday night at FAU Gymnasium. Earnest Crumbley led the Owls' effort with 11 points while Avery Headley tossed in 10. Lynn's Austin Fabier led all scorers with 22 points.
FAU jumped out early on Lynn, taking a 16-4 advantage 10:14 into the game. Lynn slowly battled back with a 14-2 run to tie the game at 18-18 with 3:50 left in the half. FAU would close the half to take a 27-25 lead. Neither team shot well from the field in the first half with the Owls mustering 31-percent compared to Lynn's 27-percent.
With the score tied 27-27 with 17:46 left in the contest, FAU went on a 12-4 run to take a 39-31 lead with 12:50 remaining before Lynn mounted a run of its own.
A layup by by James Taylor with 9:35 left gave Lynn the lead for good at 44-42. The run continued as Lynn would complete a 12-0 run and lead 52-42 with 6:53 remaining. The Owls would only get as close as four points as Lynn eventually held on for the nine-point win.
"Lynn came in and played exceptionally well tonight, and unfortunately we didn't play our 'A' game," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "However, that's what exhibition games are all about."
"This was a game that allows us to see what worked good for us and what didn't work, and it gives us a chance to improve on those things," added Green.
For the game, Lynn outshot FAU 37-percent to 31-percent. FAU outrebounded Lynn 53-46, due in large part to a game-high 21 rebounds by Nick Neumann.
Florida Atlantic begins its regular season November 16 against Cleveland State in the first round of the Dell BCA Invitational in Fort Collins, CO.