Dec. 2, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - In the longest game in Florida Atlantic University history, the Lady Owls were outlasted by Lipscomb, 91-87, in triple overtime Thursday night at FAU Gymnasium. FAU's Shontavia Williams led all scorers with a career-high 38 points to go along with 12 rebounds. Courtney Boynton led Lipscomb with 29.
The Lady Bisons overcame a 12-point second half deficit and outscored FAU 4-0 in the final overtime period to win the Atlantic Sun Conference opener for both teams. FAU falls to 1-4 while Lipscomb improves to 3-2.
Williams helped FAU to a 34-30 lead, scoring 17 of her 38 points in the first half. The Lady Owls led by as many as nine points on two separate occasions before Lipscomb battled back to within four at the break.
In the second half, FAU stretched its lead to 64-52, its largest, with 4:58 to play. Lipscomb responded with a 14-2 run over the next 4:12 and tied the game at 66 on a layup by Lynn Roller with 46 seconds to play. With the game tied with 4.5 seconds remaining, Missy Glaser made two free throws to put FAU up 70-68. Katie Beth Pate did the same with 0.9 seconds left to tie the game and send it into overtime.
In the first overtime, Lipscomb took its first lead of the night on a layup by Roller at the 3:18 mark. With 30 seconds remaining, Boynton hit a three-pointer to give Lipscomb a 77-75 lead. With 0.3 seconds left, Williams hit two free throws to send the game into a second overtime.
Neither team led by more than three points in the second overtime. With 1:17 to go, Williams made a three-pointer to put the Lady Owls up 87-85. A jumper by Kaleigh Gossman with 1:01 left was the final scoring of the period.
In the third overtime, Julie Martin made the only field goal as Lipscomb shut out the Lady Owls over the final 6:17 of the game.
"While the loss hurts, the game does give us a lot of hope," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "We are not far from being a really good team. I just think that we started playing not to lose in the final five minutes of regulation instead of playing to win like we had up until that point."
Williams' effort included 14-for-28 from the field and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. The reigning A-Sun Player-of-the-Week shot 7-for-9 from beyond the arc. She played 46 of the possible 55 minutes.
FAU's previous longest game was a double-overtime loss at Albany State January 30, 1992.
Lipscomb finished tied for first-place in the A-Sun last season and received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Florida Atlantic next hosts Belmont Saturday at noon.
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