Dec. 29, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL -- Mike Bell scored 24 points to lead Florida Atlantic University (5-4) to its most lopsided victory in nearly 13 years in a 101-61 win over visiting Mary Washington College (5-4) Monday night in Boca Raton, FL. Bell was one of five Owls to score in double-figures as Pierre Tucker added 19. Jeff Cowans scored 16, and Robert Williams and Jimmy Bishop each added 11.
MWC hung with the Owls for the first five minutes and led 8-7 with 14:31 left in the first half. That would be the Eagles' last lead as FAU went on a 12-2 run that gave it a 19-10 lead at the 11:17 mark.
Later in the half, back-to-back three-point plays by Cowans gave the Owls a 39-20 lead with 2:08 to go. The Owls would go on to lead 46-28 at the half.
In the second half, FAU put the game out of reach as it knocked down its first nine field goals. That stretch included a 24-9 run with Bell scoring 11 points alone. FAU led, at that point, 70-37 with 12:42 to go.
"I was pleased we were able to win decisively," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "It was a total team effort tonight. I was impressed we had 31 assists. It's just a great win to set us up for conference play."
FAU shot 59 percent for the game compared to MWC's 33 percent. The Owls outrebounded the Eagles 40-26 and forced 20 turnovers.
Of FAU's 31 assists, nine were from Earnest Crumbley, who played just 24 minutes and scored five points.
Ian Sumers led MWC with 21 points. Jon Hurd and Erik Rodriguez each scored 12.
The 40-point victory ties for the fifth-highest in FAU history. It's the most since a 105-54 win over Nova Southeastern January 22, 1991.
The game marked the end of non-conference play for the Owls, who now start preparing for Mercer Saturday night at FAU Gymnasium.
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