Dec. 18, 2004
RENO, NV - Florida Atlantic University was held to 14 points in the final 16:29 as the Owls fell to the University of Nevada, 60-46, Friday night in the first round of the Dodge Holiday Classic in Reno, NV. Mike Bell led FAU with 19 points and nine rebounds. Nick Fazekas led the Wolf Pack with 22. Nevada, which advanced to the Sweet 16 in last year's NCAA Tournament, outshot FAU 49 percent to 25 percent.
Bell scored 16 points in 15 minutes in the first half to help keep FAU in the game. The senior connected four times in five tries from beyond the arc and accounted for 16 of the Owls' 25 points in the half. Nevada, which never trailed, started out the game with a 7-2 lead and led by as many as 13 before the break. Rodney Webb, who finished with 13, scored seven in the first half.
In the second half, the Wolf Pack scored the first four points to lead 40-25 at the 18:24 mark. After an FAU timeout, the Owls went on a 7-0 run, capped off by a Pierre Tucker three-pointer with 16:37 left to pull FAU to within 40-32.
That's when the Owls went ice cold from the field. The Wolf Pack went on a 13-0 run over the next six minutes and led 53-32. In all, Nevada held the Owls without a field goal for an 11-minute stretch. FAU managed just three field goals the rest of the way as Nevada built as much as a 24-point lead. FAU outscored the Wolf Pack 12-2 in the final 5:24.
Florida Atlantic will face Idaho State in Saturday's consolation game. The contest will tip at 8:00pm EST and will air live on WLVJ 1040-AM and www.fausports.com. Idaho State (3-5) fell to Eastern Illinois, 56-53, in Friday's first game.