OXFORD, Ohio -- Florida Atlantic was a frequent visitor to the foul line at Millett Hall Saturday, and it knew what to do when it got there. The Owls canned 26 of 30 (86.7%), of their free throws to knock off hosting Miami 75-69 on the second day of action in the Men Against Breast Cancer Challenge. It was the first victory of 2015 for Florida Atlantic (1-3), while Miami dropped to 2-2.
Four players reached double figures for Miami. Sophomore Logan McLane led the way with 13, followed by 12 from Geovonie McKnight, 11 from Eric Washington and 10 out of Rod Mills.
Florida Atlantic finished with a 26-8 advantage in made free throws, but many other stats were close. Miami made 24 of 53 field goals (45.3%) overall, while FAU was 22 of 47 (46.8%).
The RedHawks actually had more three points goals -- 8 of 21, 38.1 percent to 5 of 19, 26.3 percent for the Owls. But FAU owned a 24-22 edge on points in the paint and 14-3 advantage in second chance points. Turman, a 6-9, 250-pound sophomore, was particularly hard to stop inside down the stretch.
After trailing 28-23 at the half, Miami rallied to grab a 42-39 lead at 14:23 of the second period on a trey by McLane. Willie Moore’s bucket at 9:54 put the hosts up by five points, 50-45. However, Jeantal Cylla canned two free throws. Matthew Reed followed with a pair of his own and added a putback to move the Bisons back in front, 51-50.
The lead see-sawed back and fourth and the teams were tied three times before a Turman dunk knotted the score at 62-all at the 2:00 mark.
A pivotal play occurred when Marquan Botley took a feed from Nick Rutherford and buried a three from the corner at 1:40. It was the last Bison field goal, but it set up the remainder of the contest.
Turman’s subsequent two free throws put FAU out front, 69-65 and forced MU into a series of fouls in the final minute. Florida Atlantic made all eight FT shots– part of 16 straight to close the game.
Miami returns to action Sunday in the second half of a double header. Florida Atlantic and Lipscomb face off at noon, followed by Miami and Northeastern at 2 p.m.