Jan. 13, 2005
BOILING SPRINGS, NC - Florida Atlantic University picked up its second straight win with an 81-67 victory over Gardner-Webb University Thursday night in Boiling Springs, NC. Shontavia Williams and Mistoria Brown each led FAU with 18 points. Jackie Brown and Missy Glaser added 11 as FAU improved to 4-8 overall and 2-3 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. GWU drops to 5-7 overall and 3-3 in the A-Sun. The game featured a 22-minute delay due to a tornado warning for the area.
With the exception of a 1-0 lead by GWU, FAU led the entire game. The Lady Owls opened up a 12-5 lead five minutes into the game. A pair of free throws by Mistoria Brown at the 13:24 mark made it 17-7. GWU pulled to within seven points, but a Jackie Brown three-pointer with 11:03 left in the half gave FAU a 25-12 lead.
A 13-2 run later in the half gave the Lady Owls a 41-20 lead with 3:25 left before the break. GWU closed the gap to 46-32 at halftime.
The Bulldogs continued to peck away at the lead and trailed just 50-42 with 14:28 left in the game. That was as close as they would get as FAU rolled off eight straight points and led 58-42 at the 12:05 mark.
The FAU lead was 67-48 with 7:52 to play when the game was stopped due to a tornado warning for the Boiling Springs area. Everyone in the arena was evacuated to the concourse area, and the game did not resume until 22 minutes later.
The delay did not affect FAU as it pushed its lead to 74-52 with 4:43 to play. GWU was unable to get any closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Gardner-Webb outshot FAU 40 percent to 35 percent and held a 48-45 advantage on the boards. The difference in the game was turnovers. FAU committed 17 and forced GWU into 33. FAU entered the game leading the A-Sun in turnovers forced and is now forcing 23.4 turnovers per game.
The 18 points by Brown were a season-high. Williams led FAU with 10 rebounds.
Florida Atlantic next faces Campbell Saturday at 1:00pm in Buies Creek, NC. The game be heard live on WLVJ 1040-AM.
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