Dec. 14, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL -- Mike Bell scored 22 points to lead four Owls in double-figures as Florida Atlantic University defeated Campbell University, 82-59, Tuesday night at FAU Gymnasium. The win was the first for the Owls, who improved to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Camels dropped to 2-4 and 0-1, respectively.
FAU built a double-digit lead early in the game, jumping out to a 14-4 lead at the 15:26 mark. Jimmy Bishop scored all 11 of his points in the first seven minutes as FAU built a 17-6 lead with 13:08 left in the half. With FAU leading 24-13, the Camels strung together eight points to pull to within three at the 3:55 mark. Campbell would get no closer as the Owls created more separation with an 11-1 run to close the half with a 35-22 lead.
Campbell never threatened in the second half as FAU led by no fewer than 11 points. The final margin of 23 equaled FAU's largest lead of the game.
Robert Williams and Lamar Moore each added 10 points for FAU, which won its fourth straight game over Campbell. Quinton Young and Rodney Webb scored nine points apiece. Kahleaf Watson had four points and dished out a career-high 10 assists.
FAU shot a season-high 48 percent for the game and held the Camels to 34 percent. The Owls went 11-for-25 from beyond the arc as Bell connected five times in eight tries from long range. Campbell managed just 3-for-20 from three-point range.
"I was very happy with our guys and their overall team effort," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "It is all about improvement. Team spirit is high. The guys are feeling good about themselves. Winning solves everything."
Florida Atlantic now heads to Nevada for three games over the next week. The Owls will play at Nevada on Friday in the first round of the Dodge Holiday Classic in Reno. They will take on either Eastern Illinois or Idaho State in Saturday's final round. FAU then takes on UNLV December 22. All games will be broadcast live on WLVJ 1040-AM.
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