Dec. 18, 2004
RENO, NV - Florida Atlantic University fell to Idaho State University, 71-67, Saturday night in the consolation game of the Dodge Holiday Classic in Reno, NV. Pierre Tucker scored a season-high 21 points, and Mike Bell added 20. FAU connected for a season-high 15 three-pointers, but couldn't make the final push to overcome the Bengals.
Bell made a reverse lay-up with 2:15 left in the game to pull FAU (1-6) within 68-64. The Owls then made two straight stops defensively but turned the ball over each time at the other end. Tucker hit the last of his five three-pointers with 11 seconds left to make it 70-67, but that's as close as FAU would get.
"The deciding factor was not making smart plays down the stretch," said FAU head coach Sidney Green.
FAU trailed most of the night with its largest lead coming at 2-0. With the exception of a nine-point first half lead for ISU (4-5), no more than six points separated the teams the entire game.
Tucker hit four threes in the first half on his way to 14 points at the break as FAU trailed 35-33. Quinton Young made one of his four threes to start the second half to put FAU in front 36-35. Less than two minutes later, Rodney Webb's trey gave FAU another one-point lead. Young finished with 12 while Webb added eight.
That would be the final lead of the night as ISU would edge out by as much as six points with 15:13 to play. The Owls came back with consecutive threes by Bell and Young to tie the game at 45. The game would be tied three more times before a 9-3 run by the Bengals gave them a 66-60 lead with 3:30 to play.
Tucker went 8-for-10 from the field and 5-for-6 from three-point range. He entered the game with just 16 points on the year. Bell finished 8-for-17 from the field, including 4-for-9 from beyond the arc. It was the third straight game Bell made at least four treys. The Owls were 15-for-31 from long range for 48 percent. FAU shot 44 percent overall compared to ISU's 41 percent.
Florida Atlantic now travels to Las Vegas to face UNLV Wednesday in a match-up between Green and his alma mater.