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Florida Atlantic Tops IPFW 93-86

November 20, 2002

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) _ Earnest Crumbley scored six of his 24 points in the second overtime and Jeff Cowans added 20 points as Florida Atlantic outlasted Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne 93-86 in the BCA Invitational on Tuesday night.

Cowans, who tied the game with a 3-pointer at the end of the first overtime, gave Florida Atlantic (2-1) an 88-86 lead with 43 seconds left in the second overtime. IPFW (0-3) missed its last three shots while Crumbley went 4-of-6 from the free throw line.

Two free throws by Cowans with seven seconds left in regulation put Florida Atlantic ahead 68-68. Terry Collins, who led IPFW with 21 points, split a double-team and beat the buzzer with a tying 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.

IPFW blew a double-digit lead in the second half. DeAngelo Woodall’s two free throws had given IPFW a 48-35 lead six minutes into the second half, but Crumbley hit consecutive 3-pointers and Drew Skeeter made a layup to put Florida Atlantic ahead 62-60.

IPFW broke an 18-18 tie with a 12-1 run keyed by 3-pointers by Jim Kessenich and Tyler Clevenger. Crumbley hit two 3-pointers as Florida Atlantic closed the half with an 8-0 run to get within 30-27.

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