Nov. 19, 2004
MIAMI, FL - Quinton Young scored a game-high 26 points, but it wasn't enough as Florida Atlantic University was defeated by Florida International, 65-62, Friday night in its season opener at Pharmed Arena in Miami, FL. Young went 8-for-13 from beyond the arc but was the only Owl to score in double-figures. Robert Williams added nine points and 11 rebounds. Ivan Almonte led FIU with 16 points.
The Owls were hurt by 29 turnovers and 6-of-16 shooting from the foul line. Despite trailing 36-27 with 17:37 left in the game, FAU went on a 28-10 run to lead 55-46 at the 8:08 mark. The run was capped off by a pair of Young treys as the junior scored 15 of his 26 points, all on threes, in the second half.
FIU crept back to within 59-57 with 5:35 left before a Williams' bucket at the 4:42 mark gave FAU a 61-57 lead. A three-point play by Ismael N'Diaye followed by a dunk by N'Diaye gave the Golden Panthers a 62-61 lead with 3:09 left.
A layup by Almonte with 38 seconds left gave FIU a 64-62 lead. The Owls got the ball back and had a chance to win before letting the shot clock expire without getting a shot off with less than two seconds left.
"It was a discouraging loss," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "But I feel if we continue to work hard and come together as one, we'll be fine."
Mike Bell, who averaged 18 points per game last season struggled all night and scored just five points on 2-for-23 shooting. The five points ties his low since joining the Owls last season.
Both teams shot 36 percent with FIU committing 23 turnovers. The Golden Panthers outscored FAU by 19 points at the line, finishing 25-for-31.
Florida Atlantic returns to action November 23 at Florida in a game that pits Green against his son, Taurean, who is in his freshman season with the Gators.