Career-High 26 For Bell Not Enough Against FAU
BOCA RATON, Fla. (1/19/08) ? Despite a career-high 26 points from guard Ben Bell, Florida Atlantic rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to defeat North Texas 86-81 from FAU Arena. The Owls (6-13, 2-6), trailing 76-68 with 4:23 left, closed the
“We did a great job to start the second half with a lot of energy and got that big lead, but we have to a better job of defending than we did tonight,” said
Playing the second half without guard Josh White who left with an injury late in the first half, the combo of Dez Willingham and Bell fueled a 19-7 run in the first five minutes to give North Texas a 58-49 lead. North Texas extended its lead to 12 points at 67-55 with a 3-pointer by
FAU started its comeback with back-to-back 3-pointers by Jeff Parmer and Sean Alarcon to cut the
A steal and a basket by Carderro Nwoji tied the game up five seconds later at 78-78. Two free throws by
Carlos Monroe hit two free throws and then Graham scored the go-ahead basket with 37 seconds left to make it 82-81 FAU with 37 seconds left.
The Mean Green had one final chance to tie it down 84-81, but Willingham’s 3-pointer with six seconds left was off the mark.
Willingham had a season-high 21 points off the bench with four 3-pointers in the game in 29 minutes.