Dec. 23, 2004
LAS VEGAS, NV - Florida Atlantic University fell to UNLV, 83-66, Wednesday night as head coach Sidney Green faced his alma mater for the second time in his coaching career. UNLV's Romel Beck led all scorers with 23 points. Mike Bell led the Owls with 19 while Rodney Webb added 18. Fred Marshall posted 12 as FAU fell to 1-7 overall. UNLV improved to 5-4.
FAU trailed 38-30 at the half before UNLV opened the second half on a 14-7 run and led 52-37 with 14:28 to play. The Owls responded with a 9-0 run and trailed just 52-46 with 11:54 remaining. That was as close as FAU would get as UNLV went on a 9-0 run and led 61-46 at the 9:32 mark. FAU would only get as close as eight points the rest of the way. The 17-point margin at the end was the largest of the game.
UNLV outshot FAU 48 percent to 40 percent. The Rebels shot 13-for-31 from beyond the arc compared to FAU's 6-of-19. Both teams grabbed 36 rebounds.
Despite the loss, Green was happy with his team's effort. "We played together," he said. "The emotion and enthusiasm was there. They stayed focused. If we play like this in our conference, we are going to be very good.
"UNLV is a very well-coached team, and they are very talented," added Green.
Green played four years for UNLV from 1979-83 and is still the school's all-time leading rebounder. He is second in points scored.
Florida Atlantic next faces Colgate December 30 at FAU Gymnasium. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00pm.