Dec. 8, 2001
BOCA RATON, FL - Despite a career-high 31 points and 14 rebounds by Raheim Brown, Florida Atlantic University (4-3) fell to visiting Virginia Commonwealth 88-84 in double overtime Saturday night in Boca Raton, FL. Antoine Willie led VCU (7-2) with 31 points.
The Owls led by as many as 12 points in the second half, but the Rams battled back to trail 68-67 with a chance to win the game on their final possession. After a scramble for a loose ball, the Owls called for a timeout they didn't have. The ensuing technical foul sent Willie Taylor to the line with one second left in regulation with a chance to win the game for the Rams. He missed the first and made the second, sending the game into overtime.
In the first overtime period, Brown's jumper with 27 seconds left gave FAU a 78-77 lead before VCU tied it on a free throw with five seconds left. A long three-pointer by Earnest Crumbley was off the mark, sending the game into a second overtime where VCU outscored FAU 10-6.
"Our team played extremely hard. They showed a lot of guts and character," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. " They accomplished our objectives except one, and that's the fact they didn't play smart. You have to give VCU credit because they capitalized on our mental errors."
VCU opened up a 22-14 lead in the first half before FAU went on a 23-6 run to take a nine-point lead. Brown scored 20 of his points in that first half, going 8-of-10 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line in the process.
For the game, Brown went 13-of-16 from the field, with the rest of the team going 18-of-65. In all, the Owls shot just 38 percent compared to the Rams' 47 percent. FAU was outrebounded 52-49 while forcing 27 turnovers compared to 18 of their own.
The loss snapped FAU's three-game winning streak as the Owls will next play December 17 at Samford.