Dec. 20, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL - The men's basketball team at Florida Atlantic University ended its four game winning streak Saturday evening, falling to James Madison University, 73-70. Mike Bell led FAU in scoring with 23 points while JMU's Dwayne Broyles led all scorers with 24. The loss drops FAU to 4-3 (2-0 in the Atlantic Sun) on the year. JMU improves to 3-4 on the season.
The biggest shot of the game also belonged to Broyles. The senior nailed a three pointer with 49 seconds remaining to give the Dukes a 71-70 lead, its first since the 17:31 mark in the first half.
FAU's largest lead of the game, 68-57, came with its top three scorers, Bell, Earnest Crumbley, and Pierre Tucker on the bench, and only 5:12 remaining in the game. Reserve forward Jimmy Bishop was critical during the stretch, scoring all five of his points. From that point, JMU closed the game on a 16-2 run.
"The four games we won in a row, we executed well at the end, unfortunately, tonight we didn't," head coach Sidney Green said following the game. "This loss will humble us, and refocus us to continue to improve."
The Dukes used hot free throw shooting to put them over the top in a game that was almost statistically even. JMU finished 19-of-20 from the line, while the Owls made just 9-of-18 from the stripe. Meanwhile, each team finished with 19 turnovers, 15 assists, and nine steals. FAU edged JMU in rebounds 41-40, while shooting 40.9 percent from the field, compared to JMU's 40.7 percent.
FAU shot well from behind the arc in the first half taking a 37-33 lead halftime lead. The Owls shot 7-for-13 from long distance in the first 20 minutes, paced by Crumbley's three triples. The Owls' hands cooled, going 0-for-9 in the second half.
Crumbley was the only other Owl in double figures with 11. Scoring in double digits for JMU was Ray Barbosa (21) and Chris Cathlin (14).
FAU next travels to Coral Gables to take on Miami, December 27.