Mike Bell posted his second straight double-double.
Dec. 4, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University was defeated by Gardner-Webb University, 76-69, Saturday night at FAU Gymnasium. Mike Bell posted game-highs with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Owls fell to 0-4 on the year and 0-1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Tim Jennings led four Bulldogs in double-figures with 16 points. GWU improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the A-Sun.
GWU opened up a 14-8 lead before the Owls came back with a 14-3 run and led 22-17 at the 9:03 mark of the first half. The Bulldogs responded with a 10-0 run over the next 4:40 and led 27-22 with 4:55 left in the half. GWU went to the half leading 35-28.
The Owls trailed by as many as nine in the second half but tied the game at 47 with 10:40 to play on a jumper by Bell. Less than two minutes later, a Quinton Young trey gave FAU a 50-49 lead.
With GWU leading 59-58 at the 6:23 mark, the Bulldogs went on a 7-2 run to extend the lead to 66-60 with 5:12 remaining. The Owls pulled no closer than two points the rest of the way as GWU scored four points from the line in the final 12 seconds.
"I felt going in this was a game we needed to win," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "Our team just finished a challenging three-game stretch on the road against some elite teams, and I wanted to see them get a win with finals upon us. We'll just have to keep working hard and get better as team."
GWU outshot FAU 49 percent to 42 percent. Neither team faired well at the line as the Owls shot 13-for-26 compared to 16-for-28 for the Bulldogs.
Bell went 6-for-10 from the field, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. FAU made six of 19 attempts from long range.
GWU's Brian Bender scored 15. Chris Gash and Simon Conn added 14.
Florida Atlantic returns to action December 14 against Campbell.