Cowans' threes in the closing minutes doomed the Golden Knights.
Dec. 1, 2001
BOCA RATON, FL - A 38-14 run over the final 13:38 lifted Florida Atlantic University to a 78-66 come-from-behind victory over Central Florida Saturday night. The win improved FAU to 2-0 in Atlantic Sun Conference play and 3-2 overall. UCF dropped to 1-1 and 3-2, respectively. Raheim Brown and Jeff Cowans each led FAU with 19 points. Antoine Stevens added 10.
A jumper by Marius Boyd with 14:30 left gave UCF a 52-40 lead before FAU mounted their comeback. A free throw by Daryl Dingle with 9:17 left completed a 12-0 run for the Owls that tied the score at 52. FAU gained the lead on a Cowans' jumper with 7:16 left to take a 56-54 lead. The Owls would not trail again as they held their largest lead at the final horn. FAU went 7-of-10 from the line over the final minute of play.
Cowans, who scored just two points in the first half, netted 17 in the second. He dealt UCF three back-breaking three pointers in the game's final 3:16. The first gave FAU a 65-61 lead. Then, with FAU clinging to a 65-63 lead, Cowans hit from long range with 1:54 remaining to give the Owls a 68-63 lead. His final blow came with 1:18 left, giving FAU a 71-63 lead. The Owls would score the rest of their points from the line.
"Those shots were huge," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "We were able to find (Cowans), and he was wide open. He can hit that shot."
FAU began the game on an 8-4 run before UCF countered with a 20-2 run to take a 24-10 lead, their largest, with 8:45 to play in the first half. FAU would cut the deficit to as few as two points before trailing 36-29 at the break.
FAU won despite being outrebounded 45-40. Central Florida also outshot FAU 44 percent to 37 percent but committed 25 turnovers compared to FAU's 13.
"Words can't describe the character of this team," added Green. "We showed a lot of guts out there tonight. This was a great win for the kids. They really deserved it."
UCF was led by Paul Reed, who scored 18 points and had a game-high 17 rebounds. Josh Bodden had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The win comes two days after defeating Stetson 82-71 in their A-Sun opener. The Owls next play at Liberty Tuesday night at 9:30pm.