March 10, 2005
DOTHAN, AL - Florida Atlantic University was defeated by Troy University, 65-57, Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference in Dothan, AL. The loss ends FAU's season at 12-16. Shontavia Williams and Jackie Brown each led FAU with 11 points, and Cristal Randolph added 10. Alecia Jones, Amy Lewis, and Audrey Muse each led Troy with 14, while Jones added 17 rebounds.
FAU trailed most of the night with its only lead being one point two times early in the first half. Troy led by as many as 17 points twice in the second half. The biggest difference between the two was Troy's 57-30 edge in the rebounding department.
Troy (14-14) scored the first five points and led 11-5 before the Owls scored seven straight for a 12-11 lead at the 10:29 mark. The run featured layups by Williams and Randolph and was capped off by a three-pointer from Callie Piper.
After FAU took a 14-13 lead, the Trojans went on a 10-0 run to lead 23-14 with 5:34 left in the half. Troy would lead 31-24 at halftime.
What turned out to be the most critical stretch of the game came in the opening moments of the second half as Troy ran off 10 straight points to take a 41-24 lead at the 16:04 mark. FAU responded with an 8-0 run, capped off by a Brown trey with 13:43 remaining, and trailed 41-32.
Troy went back up by 17 with 7:29 remaining forcing FAU into a desperate catch-up mode for the rest of the game. FAU was able to rally and even pulled to within five points at 62-57 on a Randolph three-pointer with 36 seconds left. The Owls got the ball back but turned it over with 21 seconds left. The Trojans then scored the final three points from the line.
"Troy just came out with more intensity than we did," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "They were one of the hottest teams in the conference coming in, and they played like it."
"They got up early on the boards and they just kept pounding it," Dugan added. "I thought we did a good job coming back, but it was just too little too late."
FAU shot 31 percent on 20-for-65 shooting. Troy finished at 38 percent, going 21-for-56 from the field. FAU was only 7-for-27 from beyond the arc while Troy went 2-for-10. The Owls committed 16 turnovers and forced the Trojans into 29.