JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 4, 2006) - Florida Atlantic's Kevin Green watched his last second 3-pointer rim out as the ETSU men's basketball game overcame a five-point deficit in the final 11 minutes to hand the Owls their first Atlantic Sun Conference loss of the year 63-61 Wednesday night at Memorial Center.
With the win, the Buccaneers win their third straight game and improve to 4-6 overall, 1-2 in A-Sun play. Meanwhile, FAU falls to 4-7, 3-1.
"It was a good win. Not pretty, but good," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow. "We knew going into this three-game home stand that these were pivotal games to get us going back in the right direction. We say it all the time that these are games of inches. If that ball is dead in, we're pretty unhappy right now."
Trailing 51-46 with remaining in the game, the Bucs outscored the Owls 17-10 the rest of the way to garner the victory. However, it was a pair of FAU misses late in the contest that insured the win.
After a missed free throw by ETSU senior guard Tim Smith (
In the first half, the Bucs led by as many as 11 points at 20-9 with 10:20 left before the intermission. However, with a 10-3 run and nine straight points from forward Rodney Rice in the final minutes of the half, FAU managed to tie the game at 29 with remaining. The Bucs took the final shot of the half, as an awkward, hooking 3-point shot by Smith found the bottom of the net to give ETSU the advantage at the break, 32-29.
ETSU was led in scoring by Smith with 15 points, while junior guard Travis Strong (
For the contest, the Bucs had a season low 11 turnovers and forced six steals, shooting 47 percent from the field. Meanwhile, FAU won the battle of the boards handily, out-rebounding the Bucs 38-24, but the Owls committed 18 turnovers, which the Bucs used to outscore FAU, 21-9.
The Bucs will now hit the road for a three-game A-Sun swing, beginning with a trip to