Feb. 7, 2004
NASHVILLE, TN - Florida Atlantic University picked up a crucial Atlantic Sun Conference victory Saturday afternoon when it outlasted Belmont University, 82-79, in overtime in Nashville, TN. Trineca McCleod led all scorers with 22 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Jackie Brown had 16 points. Shontavia Williams added 13 with DeKesh Frazier and Corinth Evans both scoring a career-high 11 points.
The win was FAU's third in the past four games and improved the Lady Owls to 6-13 on the year and 5-7 in the A-Sun. Belmont dropped to 9-10 and 7-5 in the A-Sun. The victory also completed a regular season sweep of the Bruins. Belmont was led by Erica Davenport and Hollie Davis, who both scored 16 points.
Belmont opened the game with a 19-12 lead at the 11:20 mark of the first half. FAU battled back with 14-6 run and led 26-25 with 5:33 left in the half and took a 34-31 lead at the break.
Williams hit a jumper with 18:29 to go to give FAU a 36-31 lead. After a pair of Davenport free throws pulled Belmont to within two points, Evans nailed a three-pointer to put FAU up 44-39 with 15:37 remaining.
Belmont came back and took a 48-46 lead on a three-pointer by Jennifer Conkle with 13:25 left. A three-point play by Brandi Miller, who finished with 15 points, gave Belmont a 51-46 lead at the 12:38 mark. FAU came back and took a 59-57 lead on a Frazier jumper at the 7:35 mark. Neither team led by more than three points the rest of the game as each had an answer offensively.
A three-pointer by Conkle with 3:00 remaining gave Belmont a 71-68 lead. McCleod followed with a layup and Frazier had a layup to give FAU a 72-71 lead. With a 74-72 lead and 19 seconds remaining in overtime, Davenport hit two free throws to tie the game. Williams missed a jumper at the other end before Kiki Radford's jumper missed at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
Both teams traded baskets as overtime began before a layup by McCleod at the 1:46 mark gave FAU an 80-78 lead. Davis went 1-for-2 from the line with 49 seconds remaining before Evans made two free throws with nine seconds left to complete the scoring. Conkle missed a three as time expired.
"It always great to win in overtime especially on someone else's home floor," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "This was a huge win, but it means nothing if we don't win on Monday. We had so many kids step up for us today." FAU shot 47 percent for the game and held Belmont to 41 percent. The Lady Owls also controlled the boards with a 45-37 advantage. FAU committed 26 turnovers and forced 24. Florida Atlantic next faces Lipscomb Monday night at 8:00pm EST in Nashville.
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