BOCA RATON, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2006) - Senior forward Dillion Sneed (Chicago) posted his 12th career double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds, and freshman guard Courtney Pigram (Memphis) scored a career high 22 points, but it was not enough in an offensive battle as Florida Atlantic dropped ETSU 93-87 Thursday night in Atlantic Sun Conference play at The Burrow.
With the loss, the Buccaneers have now dropped two straight and fall to 15-10 overall, 12-6 in Atlantic Sun Conference play. However, ETSU remains in third place, a half game back of second place Belmont and one and a half games back of Lipscomb. Belmont lost to Gardner-Webb on Thursday as well. Meanwhile, FAU improves to 12-12, 11-6, trailing the Bucs by a half game in the standings.
ETSU led 16-13 early on in the first half, but an 11-0 FAU run made it 24-16 with 10:19 remaining before the break. The Bucs cut that deficit to four at 24-20, but another 7-0 run gave the Owls an 11-point edge and they improved that advantage to 42-29 at the break.
In the second half, the Bucs brought the fight to the Owls, cutting the FAU lead to five at 49-44 with 15:54 left in the game. However, the Owls responded with runs of their own, and even though ETSU would trail by just five with less than a minute remaining, the Owls hit their foul shots and pulled out the victory. In the seocnd half, the Bucs scored a season-high 58 points, but allowed FAU to score 51 as well.
Along with Sneed and Pigram, senior guard Tim Smith (Newport News, Va.) scored 17 points, while junior guard Travis Strong (Memphis) pitched in 11.
For the Owls, Rodney Webb scored a career-high 30 points to lead the FAU attack, netting 21 points in the second half and hitting nine-of-10 at the free throw line after the break. He also had a career-best 10 points on charity tosses. Webb's 30 points was a new season high for any individual FAU player this season, surpassing the 29 points scored by DeAndre Rice on Dec. 4 against Jacksonville.
DeAndre Rice scored 23 points and matched his career best with six assists. Paul Graham totaled 12 points and a career-best five assists, while Brent Crews had a game-high eight assists.
The Owls hit a season-best 20-of-24 at the free throw line and outscored
ETSU by 14 points at the stripe. FAU shot 54.1 percent from the field, its highest mark in the last four games. Meanwhile, the Bucs had 17 turnovers and shot just 60 percent from the line.
ETSU will return to action next Friday, Feb. 24, in the CSS Game of the Week against Lipscomb at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, FAU will host Kennesaw State Saturday in Boca Raton.