Nov. 20, 2001
BOCA RATON - Daryl Dingle scored 22 points, off the bench, to spearhead Florida Atlantic University's 107-73 victory over St. Mary's College of Maryland. The victory improves the Owls record to 1-1, while SMCM drops to 0-2.
"I'm pleased because tonight's game was a major concern," said Sidney Green, FAU's head coach. "We used so much energy and played so well against Hofstra (FAU fell 67-65 in the final minutes) that I was concerned about tonight. We still have a long way to go, but with the balanced schedule, we were able to use this game to work on building a solid rotation for Miami."
The 34 point victory is the fifth largest in FAU's history. The Owls last broke the 100 point plateau January 8, 2001 against Jacksonville State (102-89).
Green called Dingle the "quiet assassin" following the game in reference to his team leading 22 points and nine rebounds and fully expects the senior to earn a double-double each game. Dingle was the only Owl to score in double figures off the bench while all but one starter scored 10 or more.
Andre Garner scored 17, Raheim Brown added 15 while Robert Williams and Earnest Crumbley had 14 and 12, respectively. Nick Neumann, pulled down a game high 10 boards, six defensive, also coming off the bench.
Jeff Cowans, the 2000-2001 Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, was held to eight points and was the only starter not to reach 10.
"Everyone knows Jeff is a shooter," said point guard Earnest Crumbley. "Every time he
went down the court he took two or three defenders with him, that opened our game plan. We
knew we had them, size wise, it was our game plan was to go inside."
FAU will next face the University of Miami, at Miami, 7 pm, Monday.