Nov. 26, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University was defeated by Youngstown State University, 71-58, in the first round of the 2004 FAU Thanksgiving Classic at FAU Gymnasium in Boca Raton. FAU erased a 20-point deficit and took the lead briefly before being outscored, 18-4, in the final 3:44 of the game.
The Penguins stormed out to a 29-9 lead with 8:45 left in the first half. FAU cut the deficit to 31-21 at the 3:32 mark before trailing 39-23 at the break.
In the second half, YSU led 46-30 before FAU went on a 16-0 run. Over a six-minute span, the Lady Owls erased the deficit and tied the game on a jumper by Williams with 10:19 to play.
YSU went back in front by three points, but consecutive baskets by Sally N'Diaye and Williams gave FAU a 54-53 lead with 4:30 left in the game.
From that point, it was all YSU. The Penguins ripped off 13 straight points and held FAU scoreless for almost four minutes. The Lady Owls made just one field goal in the final 4:30.
"We made a great run to get back in the game and take the lead," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "We just kind of took a breath after that. We fought so hard to get back in it, and I'm proud of them for that."
FAU shot 30 percent on 20-for-66 shooting. YSU managed 39 percent. The Lady Owls made three of 21 three-point attempts compared to 9-for-23 for YSU. The Penguins held a 46-42 advantage on the boards, due in large part to Perugini's game-high 14 rebounds. Williams and N'Diaye led FAU with six rebounds each.
In he first game of the day, James Madison defeated Morehead State, 74-48. FAU will face Morehead State in Saturday's consolation game at 5:00pm. Youngstown State will take on JMU in the championship.