Feb. 16, 2004
TROY, AL - Florida Atlantic University erased a six-point second half deficit and came from behind to defeat Troy State University, 82-69, Monday night in Troy, AL. Shontavia Williams led the Lady Owls with a career-high 24 points and had 10 rebounds. FAU outscored TSU 29-10 in the game's final 12:50. The win improves FAU to 7-14 on the year and 6-8 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. It was also the sixth straight win for FAU against Troy State.
TSU (8-13, 7-7 A-Sun) jumped out to a 11-3 lead with 16:41 left in the first half. The Trojans led 15-9 before a 7-0 run by FAU put the Lady Owls up 16-15 at the 12:58 mark. A lay-up by Jackie Brown gave the Lady Owls their largest lead of the half at 22-18 with 9:04 remaining.
The Lady Trojans put together a 14-3 run and led 32-25 before FAU closed the half with a 13-7 run and trailed 39-38.
Troy State increased its lead to 59-53 on a pair of free throws by Kim McGriff at the 13:16 mark of the second half. McGriff led TSU with 25 points and had 21 before picking up her fourth foul with 11:55 left in the game.
From that point, it was all FAU as the Lady Owls eventually took the lead, 63-62, on a Williams' lay-up with 9:06 left. A three-pointer by Sharia Young capped off a 10-0 run and gave FAU a 69-62 lead with 6:03 to play. The Lady Trojans were never able to get closer than five points the rest of the way as FAU led by as many as 15 with 54 seconds remaining.
"We just really gutted it out," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "A lot of things were going against us. We played hard and did the things down the stretch when we had to. Shontavia Williams was just unbelievable."
FAU was saddled with foul trouble all night long. At one point, four Lady Owls had four fouls midway through the second half.
Julie Goad finished the game with 15 points and connected three times from beyond the arc.
Trineca McCleod, who was one of those with foul trouble, finished with 10 points and seven rebounds in only 17 minutes of action.
FAU shot 48 percent while TSU managed 43 percent. The Lady Owls outrebounded the Lady Trojans 40-32.
The win pulled FAU to within a half game of Campbell for eighth-place in the A-Sun as the top eight teams qualify for the A-Sun Tournament.
Florida Atlantic next faces Gardner-Webb Thursday night at FAU Gymnasium.
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