Dec. 17, 2003
BUIES CREEK, NC -- Pierre Tucker scored a career-high 27 points, and Earnest Crumbley added 19, as Florida Atlantic University picked up its fourth straight victory Wednesday night in a 99-86 defeat of Campbell University. The win improves FAU to 4-2 on the year and 2-0 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Mike Bell had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Campbell remains winless at 0-7 and 0-2, respectively.
Crumbley's effort moved him into second-place on the all-time FAU scoring list with 1,258 points, surpassing Damon Arnette's 1,246.
The Owls opened the game with a 24-11 blitz over the first 5:44 of the first half. Tucker scored 14 of his points during the stretch. In fact, the junior had 11 points in the first 2:21. For the game, Tucker finished 10-for-17 from the field and 6-for-12 from three-point range.
Campbell battled back from the early deficit and pulled to within 27-25 at the 8:48 mark. FAU managed to increase its margin to 52-37 at the half.
Tucker hit his fourth three of the night at the 19:32 mark of the second half to put FAU up 55-37. The Owls led by 18 one more time before Campbell began another comeback. A lay-up by Bobby Dupre with 10:11 left capped off a 15-4 run by the Camels and reduced FAU's lead to 71-67.
Four points in a 23-second span by Jeff Hamilton, who finished with nine points, gave FAU an 81-69 lead at the 7:21 mark that seemed to be enough for the Owls. That wasn't the case as the Camels made yet another run. A jumper by Colin Hunt at the 2:53 mark pulled Campbell to within 86-80.
That would be as close as Campbell would get as Crumbley hit a pair of three-pointers in the next minute to give the Owls a 92-82 lead. A trey by Tucker with 1:14 left put FAU on top 95-83.
"It was an exciting game," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "I give a lot of credit to Campbell University. They put up a big fight."
"Earnest Crumbley is a clutch player," added Green on the late three-pointers. "He's the heart of our team. He hit some big shots for us down the stretch."
Both teams shot 52 percent from the field. FAU, which went 13-23 from long-range on Monday against Gardner-Webb, went 14-for-32 from beyond the arc.
FAU's four-game winning streak is its longest since winning five straight near the end of the 2001-02 season.
Florida Atlantic next hosts James Madison December 20 at 7:00pm.
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