THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2002
Dolphins Fall To Florida Atlantic, 76-72
Feb. 21, 2002
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Raheim Brown had a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Earnest Crumbley scored seven of his 16 points in the final 2:08, as Florida Atlantic hung on to defeat Jacksonville, 76-72, Thursday night in Atlantic Sun action at Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins fall to 17-11 overall, 11-8 in the A-Sun with their fourth loss in the last six games. JU falls into a tie with Samford for fifth place with one game to play. Florida Atlantic improves to 15-11 overall, 12-7 in league play and is now tied with UCF for third place in the A-Sun, while Georgia State (14-6) clinched at least a share of the regular-season title with its 71-69 win over Belmont. Troy State is in second at 13-6. The top eight teams advance to the A-Sun Championship Feb. 28-March 2 in Orlando.
Kevin Sheppard (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) led the Dolphins with 17 points and five assists, while Calvin Warner (Jacksonville, Fla.) had 12 points, four blocks and three steals. Travis Robinson (Gastonia, N.C.) came off the bench to score six points and grab five boards in 11 minutes of the second half, while Antwan Robertson (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) added four points, three rebounds, three blocks and three steals. FAU out-rebounded the Dolphins, 36-30, and forced 22 JU turnovers. The Owls also hit 25-of-26 free throws and shot 57 percent (13-23) from the field in the second half.
With game tied at 67 with 2:08 to play, Robinson missed a three-pointer and then turned the ball over after Robertson pulled down the offensive rebound. Antoine Stevens hit a free throw on the next possession to put the Owls back in front, 68-67, and then Robinson missed another three which led to a Crumbley leaner in the lane to push the Florida Atlantic lead to 70-67 at the 1:10 mark. Warner threw the ball away on the Dolphins' next possession and FAU hit one-of-two free throws to extend the lead to four. Sheppard took the outlet pass off the miss and went the length of the court, but was called for an offensive foul with 40 seconds to play. The Owls hit five free throws down the stretch for the four-point win.
The Dolphins close out the regular season against UCF on Saturday at Swisher Gymnasium at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by the Sunshine Network, while the three JU seniors - Toby Frazier (Jacksonville, Fla.), Ali Kaba (Sanniquelle, Liberia) and Johnny Jones (West Palm Beach, Fla.) - will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.
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