Men's Basketball Downed in Opener
Mike Bell led FAU with 22 points and 8 rebounds.

Mike Bell led FAU with 22 points and 8 rebounds.

Nov. 21, 2003

Final Stats

TAMPA, FL -- Mike Bell led all scorers with 22 points, but it wasn't enough as Florida Atlantic University (0-1) was defeated by South Florida, 79-66, Friday night in its season opener in Tampa, FL. USF (1-0) used a 15-0 run late in the second half to pull away from the Owls.

FAU used a 6-0 run to close the gap to 64-62 with 5:08 to play before the Bulls stymied the Owls with 15 consecutive points and led 77-62 at the 0:59 mark. The run was the second of two big runs for the Bulls in the game. With FAU leading 16-14 with 8:02 left in the first half, USF went on a 17-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 31-16 lead. The Owls would close the gap to 39-27 at the half.

FAU started the second half with a 19-10 run and, after a Bell dunk and a Pierre Tucker free throw, trailed 47-46 with 10:37 left in the game. That was as close as the Owls would get as USF took the 62-54 lead at the 6:12 mark.

"Our kids played hard tonight," said FAU head coach Sidney Green, "I thought they executed. I was pleased with the way they came out in the second half and got right back into the game. There were a lot of positives to take from this even though we didn't come away with a victory."

USF shot 47 percent from the field while FAU shot 40 percent. The Owls were outrebounded 52-31 but forced 23 USF turnovers.

Bell went 9-for-18 from the field and led the team with eight rebounds. Earnest Crumbley scored 14, and Kahleaf Watson had 10. Robert Williams tossed in eight points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Florida Atlantic next faces Georgia November 25 in Athens, GA.

 

 

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