Jeff Cowans led FAU with 18 points.
Nov. 17, 2001
HEMPSTEAD, NY -- Florida Atlantic University (0-1) began its season Saturday afternoon with a near-upset as the Owls fell to host Hofstra University, 67-65, in Hempstead, NY. FAU's Andre Garner missed a 15-foot jumper as time expired that would have sent the game into overtime. Jeff Cowans led FAU with 18 points, including 5-for-8 from three-point range.
The Owls raced out to a 12-5 lead in the game's first 3:39 as Cowans connected four times from beyond the arc in that stretch. Hofstra countered with an 8-4 run to cut the deficit to three points before FAU responded with its own run. A pair of free throws by Daryl Dingle with 6:53 left in the first half gave FAU a 24-15 lead, their largest of the game. The first half ended with a 15-4 Hofstra run to give the Pride a 30-28 lead at the half.
FAU started the second half much like the first, outscoring Hofstra 9-0 over the first 2:59 to give the Owls a 37-30 lead. Trailing 39-32 with 16:18 left in the game, Hofstra (1-0) went on a 12-3 run to regain the lead at 44-42 with 11:08 remaining. The Pride was able to take their largest lead of the game with 8:07 left when Rick Apodaca's jumper made it 54-46.
FAU responded with a 5-0 run and ultimately cut the deficit to two points with 3:20 left before Hofstra's Joel Suarez scored five points in a 30-second stretch to give his team a 62-55 advantage with 2:50 to go.
A jumper by Raheim Brown with 12 seconds remaining pulled FAU to within 67-65, setting up the game's final drama. After a foul, Danny Walker went to the line for Hofstra, only to miss both attempts. The Owls were unable to gather the rebound, allowing the ball to trickle out of bounds. With eight seconds left, and after another foul, Joel Suarez also missed twice from the line, setting up Garner's try at the buzzer.
"We played well, but as I told our team after the game, our objective this year is not to have moral victories," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "We need to take it to the next level."
Brown finished with 10 points for the Owls while Earnest Crumbley and Anthony Slater each had 10. FAU shot 33 percent compared to Hofstra's 39 percent. FAU forced the Pride into 19 turnovers and committed 14. Brown led the Owls with eight rebounds while Crumbley dished out a game-high six assists.
Hofstra was led by Suarez, who finished with 18 points. Kenny Adeleke had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Danny Walker and Wendell Gibson each grabbed 11 rebounds.
FAU next hosts St. Mary's College (MD) November 20 at FAU gymnasium in their home opener. Game time is set for 7:00pm.