Shontavia Williams led FAU with 19 points.
Jan. 6, 2005
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University continued its dominance over Troy University with a 72-67 victory Thursday night at FAU Gymnasium. Shontavia Williams led FAU with 19 points, including 9-for-9 from the free throw line. Jackie Brown added 14 points and 10 rebounds as FAU (3-8, 1-3 Atlantic Sun Conference) won its seventh straight over the Trojans and picked up its first A-Sun win. Alecia Jones led Troy (2-8, 1-2) with a game-high 20 points.
The game was close for most of the night as neither team led by more than five points in the first half. FAU opened up a 13-8 lead with 13:45 left in the half and led 17-12 at the 10:35 mark. That's when FAU's offense went cold for the next 5:36 as Troy rolled off 10 straight points for a 22-17 lead with 4:59 left in the half. The Lady Owls responded with a 12-4 run to close the half leading 29-26.
In the second half, Troy opened strong and led 42-36 six minutes in. FAU rallied with an 11-0 run over the next two minutes, capped off by a Callie Piper three, and led 47-42 at the 11:59 mark. The lead ballooned to 54-46 with 7:48 remaining before Troy picked away and eventually took a 62-60 lead with 3:38 left.
Trailing 63-62, FAU went on a 7-0 run that included four Missy Glaser free throws sandwiched around a Brown three. At that point, FAU led 69-63 with 1:54 left in the contest. Troy was unable to get closer than four points the rest of the way.
"We didn't do a good enough job getting stops," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan of her team allowing Troy back into the game. "We need to be able to put teams away."
FAU shot 42 percent compared to Troy's 51 percent. The Trojans outrebounded the Lady Owls 36-34 but committed 24 turnovers against FAU's 20.
FAU is now 11-3 all-time against Troy, including 7-0 at FAU Gymnasium.
Florida Atlantic now waits seven days before its next game, on the road January 13 at Gardner-Webb.