Nov. 11, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL -- In a hard-fought exhibition game at FAU Gymnasium, Florida Atlantic University escaped with a 66-61 victory over Florida Gulf Coast University Tuesday in Boca Raton. FAU's Earnest Crumbley led all scorers with 17 points while Darren Dickerson added 15.
Both teams suffered from poor shooting, with FAU managing 35 percent and FGCU 34 percent. The game also featured a total of 50 fouls and 41 turnovers.
FAU seemed to pick up from where it left off Thursday when it defeated Nova Southeastern 88-44. The Owls opened the game with eight straight points and held the Eagles scoreless until the 16:29 mark of the first half. FAU would then go nearly five minutes without a score but, due to equally poor shooting by the Eagles, would still lead throughout the first half.
FGCU closed to within 14-11 at the 6:04 mark before FAU opened up what would be an 11-point halftime advantage at 31-20.
In the second half, FGCU held FAU to just 9-of-34 shooting. The Eagles scored the first seven points of the half and pulled as close as one point on two separate occasions. However, the Owls were able to make free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory.
With FAU leading by four with 4:06 remaining, Wes Edwards scored back-to-back buckets to put the Owls in front 62-54 with 2:26 remaining. Crumbley and Dickerson finished the scoring, each making a pair of free throws in the last minute. Despite FGCU's rallies, FAU never relinquished the lead.
"(FGCU) pretty much outplayed us in the hustle department," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "We'll take this game and move forward to our season. There are a lot of bumps and bruises to iron out."
Neither team had success from beyond the arc. FGCU went 4-for-23 while FAU went 2-for-17.
Edwards finished with 11 points after going 5-for-10 from the field with nine rebounds. Robert Williams, who fouled out with nine points, also chipped in nine rebounds.
FGCU was led by Ryan Hopkins and Robinson Tisme. Both scored 14 on the night while Scot Wilson had 11.
Florida Atlantic next takes on South Florida November 21 in Tampa in its season opener.
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