Nov. 29, 2004
CORAL GABLES, FL - Florida Atlantic University suffered an 84-68 loss to the University of Miami Monday in non-conference action at the Convocation Center in Coral Gables, FL. Mike Bell led the Owls with a season-high 23 points and completed a double-double with 11 rebounds. Quinton Young finished with 18, and Gavin Ludgood added a season-high 10 points. Robert Williams hauled in a game-high and career-high 15 rebounds as the Owls dropped to 0-3.
FAU stayed close with the Hurricanes (2-2) through the first half, trailing just 33-30 at the break. The Owls led 18-15 at the 9:06 mark when Young connected on one of six three-pointers on the night to cap off a 14-5 run. The Hurricanes responded with a 13-3 run and led 28-21 before the Owls closed the gap to three points at the end of the half.
A Young trey early in the second half tied the game at 33, but it was as close as the Owls would get. Miami went on an 18-3 run and led 51-36 with 13:32 left in the contest.
The Owls weren't done, though, as they strung together 11 straight points. Tywain McTyer scored seven of his nine points during the run as the Owls pulled to within 51-47 with 10:03 to play.
A 14-2 run over the next three minutes by the Hurricanes helped put the game out of reach as UM led 65-49 at the 7:19 mark. Miami would lead by as many as 17 points down the stretch.
"Our guys played very hard," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "They really scrapped and clawed out there tonight, and I'm proud of them for that. We need to carry that same type of intensity over into Saturday's home-opener with Gardner-Webb."
UM outshot FAU 49 percent to 37 percent. The Owls, though, were 11-for-26 from beyond the arc for 42 percent. Young went 6-for-11 while Bell was 3-for-10. Young's effort gives him 14 threes in his first three games.
Robert Hite led UM with 38 points. Guillermo Diaz added 27. Anthony King recorded a triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 blocks.
Florida Atlantic next hosts Gardner-Webb Saturday night at 8:00pm. The game is FAU's Atlantic Sun Conference opener.