Jan. 26, 2002
BUIES CREEK, NC - Crystal Boyland's jumper with 12.6 seconds to play proved to be the game-winner as Florida Atlantic University (9-9, 7-3 Atlantic Sun Conference) shocked Campbell 68-67 in Buies Creek, NC. Kristy Halvorsen led FAU with 17 points while Boyland added 12. Chantale Jones and Sumika Alexander finished with 11.
FAU trailed 66-63 with 1:58 to go before outscoring Campbell 5-1 the rest of the way. A free throw by Halvorsen with 1:42 left pulled the Lady Owls to within 66-64 and a jumper by Pierce with 1:35 left tied the game at 66. Campbell's Jarita Crump went 1-for-2 from the line with 0:40 to go. After a missed jumper by Halvorsen with 21 seconds left, Crump came up with her 18th rebound. However, Boyland stole the ball and later scored the game-winner from the right side of the top of the key.
The Lady Camels (9-8, 7-3 A-Sun) could not get off a shot in their final possession against a tenacious FAU defense that forced 33 turnovers. FAU was outrebounded 54-29 and shot just 39 percent.
"This victory feels great," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "I told our team with about three minutes remaining that we have a chance to make FAU history by winning both games on this road trip. It was our defense today that made the difference along with some clutch shooting down the stretch."
FAU led most of the first half as Halvorsen scored the game's first five points with a jumper and a three-pointer to give the Lady Owls an early five-point lead. FAU would lead most of the first half as they opened up a 31-23 lead after an 8-0 run. Campbell closed the half on a 7-3 run as they outrebounded FAU 27-14. However, FAU took advantage of 16 first half turnovers by Campbell and outshot the Lady Camels 44 percent to 36 percent heading into the break. The Lady Camels held a 27-14 advantage on the boards in the first half.
"I was happy we were up by just four at the half," said Dugan. "Campbell killed us on the boards."
FAU opened up a 40-32 lead in the second half before Campbell came back to take as much as a five-point lead with 9:14 left. The Lady Owls would then go on a 6-0 run to lead 53-52 with 7:00 left before Campbell regained the lead until the final moments.
Campbell was led by April Cromartie and Stacey Hinkle as each scored 18 in the loss.
The victory was FAU's third straight as the Lady Owls defeated both Georgia State on Thursday and Campbell on the road for the first time in team history. Saturday's win marked FAU's first at Campbell after going 0-7. FAU has already won more games in the A-Sun this year than they did last year.
Florida Atlantic next plays at Central Florida January 30.