Jan. 17, 2004
BUIES CREEK, NC -- Shontavia Williams and Cristal Randolph each had career performances as Florida Atlantic University withstood a late rally to defeat Campbell University, 80-78, Saturday afternoon in Buies Creek, NC. Williams scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds while Randolph set a career mark with 15 points and five three-pointers. Trineca McCleod also had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. FAU improves to 3-11 on the year and 2-5 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Campbell drops to 3-9 and 1-4, respectively.
FAU led 71-56 with 6:39 to go after a lay-up by DeeAnna Hanscom capped off a 10-2 run. It was FAU's largest lead of the game. However, the Camels stormed back with a 12-2 run of their own and trailed 73-68 at the 3:25 mark.
A minute later, Sharia Young went to the free throw line and made her first but missed the second. Williams grabbed the rebound and scored to give FAU a 76-68 lead with 2:07 to go.
Campbell then scored the next seven points and trailed 76-75 with 37 seconds to go after Kristal Troy hit two free throws. Troy finished with a game-high 21 points. Sharia Young came back and connected on an eight-foot jumper along the right baseline with 20 seconds left to give FAU a 78-75 lead.
With a chance to tie on its next possession, Campbell turned the ball over and Julie Goad made two free throws at the other end to put FAU on top 80-75. A three-pointer by Troy with less than two seconds left was the last of the scoring.
Campbell opened the game leading 13-9, but FAU then went on a 26-8 run to take a 35-21 lead. The first half featured a flurry of three-pointers by Randolph, who connect on her first four tries and had 12 points at the break. Goad, who finished with 10 points, also hit a pair of threes as FAU shot 7-for-11 from beyond the arc by the half. The Lady owls led 47-41 at halftime.
"What a great win this was for our team," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "Defensively, we came out and played the way we are capable of playing. We just played really hard."
FAU outshot Campbell 46 percent to 35 percent. The Lady Owls also held a 50-37 advantage on the boards. Those two categories helped offset FAU's 27 turnovers compared to just 16 for Campbell. FAU finished the game 8-for-20 from beyond the arc.
Florida Atlantic next faces Gardner-Webb Monday night in Boiling Springs, NC.