Dec. 16, 2002
HARRISONBURG, VA -- Earnest Crumbley scored 13 points for Florida Atlantic University (4-5) in a 71-57 loss at James Madison University (3-3) Monday night in Harrisonburg, VA. Jeff Cowans added 10 for the Owls while Avery Headley had a career-high 17 rebounds to go along with nine points. JMU's David Fanning led all scorers with 19 points.
The final score ended up being JMU's largest lead of the game as the Dukes built a 38-31 halftime advantage. It was FAU, though, that jumped out to a fast start, taking a 10-4 lead on a Nick Neumann jumper at the 16:16 mark of the first half. However, a 14-0 run by the Dukes gave them and 18-10 lead with 13:34 left in the half as JMU would never trail again.
FAU would get no closer than seven points in the second half, the last time being at the 5:14 mark when a pair of Crumbley free throws pulled the Owls to within 61-54. JMU would close the game on a 10-3 run.
JMU outshot FAU 35.6 percent to 34.3 percent but went 25-for-39 from the line compared to FAU's 6-for-14. The Dukes also held a 50-43 edge on the boards.
"We just can't put a team at the line 39 times in a game and expect to win," said FAU head coach Sidney Green."
Chris Thomas made his FAU debut with seven points in 17 minutes of action. Thomas, who was ineligible for the Owls first eight games, went 3-for-8 from the field with a three-pointer.
"We're expecting a lot from Chris," said Green. "He can play three positions and the more he gets into game-shape, the more helpful he can be for us."
With his 10 points, Cowans moved into fourth-place all-time in career points at FAU with 916. He needs four points to move into third-place.
Florida Atlantic next plays at Liberty Friday night in Lynchburg, VA.