Nov. 25, 2003
ATHENS, GA -- A total of six players scored 20 or more points as Georgia outlasted Florida Atlantic University, 99-84, Tuesday night in a non-conference battle in Athens, GA. Earnest Crumbley and Mike Bell each led FAU (0-2) with 23 points while Pierre Tucker added 21.
Crumbley's total included a 5-for-11 effort from beyond the arc as he moved into third-place on the all-time FAU scoring list.
Georgia (2-0) was led by Rashad Wright's 25 points. Damien Wilkins added 24, and Jonas Hayes scored 20.
Georgia opened up the game outscoring FAU 12-4 and led by as many as 14 points with 8:15 to go. The Owls battled back, however, due in large part to Tucker's 17 first half points. The transfer from Palm Beach Community College went 8-12 from the field in 13 minutes of action in the first half. Bell closed the first half with a three-pointer to draw the Owls within 46-40. Bell, also a transfer from PBCC, went 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.
In the second half, the Bulldogs opened up a 62-52 lead with 13:30 to play before the Owls went on another run. After a steal by Wes Edwards and a breakaway dunk, the Owls trailed 64-60 with 11:11 left in the game.
From that point, it was all Georgia. The Bulldogs ran off eight straight points on their way to a 22-6 run and an 86-66 lead with 6:03 to play. FAU could only get as close as 12 points the rest of the way.
"I was proud of the way our guys kept fighting back," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "We made a good run there midway through the second half."
"Overall, I think there are a lot of positives we can take from these first two games of the season considering one was against a Conference-USA team and the other against a team from the SEC."
Georgia held a tremendous advantage at the line, sinking 30-of-36 free throws compared to FAU's 10-of-14. The Bulldogs also outrebounded the Owls 43-28. Georgia shot 53-percent from the field while the Owls were 45-percent. Both teams shot well from beyond the arc. FAU went 10-for-21, and Georgia went 9-for-19.
FAU's largest lead was 4-2 while Georgia built as much as a 20-point advantage twice.
Crumbley has now scored 1,204 career points and needs 43 to move into second-place behind Craig Buchanan, who scored 1,501 career points.
Florida Atlantic next takes on Florida International December 1 in its home opener at FAU Gymnasium.
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