Dec. 17, 2001
BIRMINGHAM, AL - Florida Atlantic University suffered its second straight loss in overtime in a 68-66 thriller against Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Earnest Crumbley missed a three-pointer as time expired in overtime that would have given the Owls a one-point victory. The loss drops FAU to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in Atlantic Sun Conference play while Samford improves to 5-3 and 3-0, respectively. Raheim Brown led FAU with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Owls fell behind early as Samford opened on an 11-2 run in the game's first 2:46. FAU responded with an 11-0 run to take a two-point lead as the teams would battle back and forth for the remainder of the half. Samford led 30-26 at the break.
The second half saw the Bulldogs open up a 47-40 lead with 9:30 left in regulation before the Owls mounted yet another run. A pair a field goals by Robert Williams sandwiched around a three-pointer by Jeff Cowans and a free throw by Williams gave FAU a 48-47 lead with 6:41 left. The Owls would build as much as a four-point lead in the final minutes of regulation before Samford managed to tie the game at 56 on a Cornell Felton jumper with 1:03 remaining. The two teams traded turnovers in the closing moments, sending the game into overtime.
Samford's Philip Ramelli hit a pair of free throws with 27 second left in overtime to give the Bulldogs a 68-66 lead and to set up FAU's final possession. After a timeout, the Owls worked the ball to Crumbley who fired from beyond the arc on the right side as time expired. Crumbley finished with 13 points.
"You have to give Samford credit because they played a great game and took advantage of our mental errors," said FAU head coach Sidney Green.
Two other Owls finished in double figures as Andre Garner had 13 points while Robert Williams added 10.
For the game, Samford outshot FAU 52 percent to 41 percent The Bulldogs went 10-of-25 (40 percent) from beyond the arc. FAU forced Samford into 24 turnovers while tying a season-low with 13 turnovers of their own. The loss comes nine days after the Owls fell to Virginia Commonwealth in double overtime at FAU Gymnasium.
Florida Atlantic next plays at Jacksonville State Wednesday night in Jacksonville, AL.