Dec. 17, 2011
SUNRISE, FL - Florida Atlantic met the University of Miami in as part of the Orange Bowl Classic on Saturday, and the game matched the title as the two teams engaged in an offensive shootout. However, FAU ultimately fell short, losing 93-90 in double overtime.
The Owls (4-7) had to overcome a sluggish start to the game, as UM scored 10 of the game's first 12 points in just over four minutes. FAU rallied to tie the game at 13, before the Hurricanes pushed the lead out to 10 at 25-15. Another Owl rally cut the lead to two late in the half, but FAU surrendered a layup at the buzzer that put UM ahead 34-30 at the half.
The second half of the game was a back and forth affair, with neither team able to build a lead bigger than seven points. UM led by six points with less than a minute left in regulation, when Kore White slammed home back-to-back dunks to cut the lead to two, 71-69. After UM split a trip to the line, Omari Grier his one of his Orange Bowl Classic record-tying seven three-pointers as time expired to send the game to overtime.
FAU once again found itself down by three points late in the first overtime, and Grier again delivered the game-tying triple to knot the score at 82. The Owls then had to dig in on the defensive end to force the second overtime.
After a Kore White dunk and two UM misses from the free throw line, the Owls had the ball and a chance to tie, but a three-pointer at the buzzer was just short. Grier led all scorers with a career-high 27 points. Raymond Taylor scored 20 points and tied an OBC record with nine assists in the game.
FAU will travel to Harvard on Thursday to face the Crimson. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and live audio of the game will be available at www.fausports.com.