Dec. 29, 2005
BOCA RATON, FL - DeAndre Rice netted 20 of his 23 points in the second half, as the Florida Atlantic men's basketball team suffered its first home loss of the season, 84-75, against Marist College on Thursday evening at FAU Arena.
The Owls (3-6), who entered halftime trailing, 34-33, fought from behind the entire second half, as Marist (5-4) went on a 10-2 spurt following the break. FAU trailed by as many as 14 points, 59-45, midway through the half but chipped away behind the efforts of Rice and Derrick Simmons.
Simmons connected on back-to-back treys and scored eight of FAU's next 11 points to slice the deficit to seven, 63-56, approaching the 7:18 mark of the half. Rice complimented Simmons with two three-pointers of his own and four free throws to keep FAU in the game.
At one point Rice scored 12 points in a row for FAU, including a five-point play on basket, free throw and two technical foul charity tosses that pulled the Owls within four, 72-68, with 3:13 to go.
The Owls could pull no closer in the final minutes despite the fact that the Red Foxes hit just 6-10 free throws down the stretch.
The teams exchanged blow for blow in the first half as neither gained an advantage greater than six points, a 14-8 lead at the 14:07 mark for the Red Foxes. FAU rallied to take the lead on five occasions during the half.
Rice, Simmons with 14 points and Rodney Webb with 12 points hit double figures for FAU. The Owls hit 13 three-pointers in the game, while shooting 24-54 (44.4%) from the field.
Will Whittington scored 20 points for Marist, while Ryan Stilphen added 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Red Foxes shot 32-54 (59.3%) from the field.
FAU returns to action next week with its first conference road trip of the year. The Owls are at Kennesaw State on Monday, Jan. 2 at 1:00 p.m. and then East Tennessee State on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 7:00 p.m.
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