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Barfield’s Three Lifts FAU over Georgia Southern

The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team erased an 18-point deficit with 13 minutes remaining to defeat Georgia Southern 68-65 on Sunday afternoon at the FAU Arena.

Lyrell Barfield led all scorers with 20 points and made the game-winning three-pointer with six seconds remaining.

The Owls (3-6) trailed 40-24 at halftime and 54-36 with just over 13 minutes to go.  FAU finished the game on a 32-21 run to snap a three-game losing streak and earn the program’s first victory over Georgia Southern in five tries.

“I thought we really played like a team in the second period,” said head coach Chancellor Dugan.  “We played like we do in practice every day and it was a welcome sign.”

The Eagles (1-8) dropped their seventh straight game despite shooting almost 40% from behind the arc with four out of the five starters scoring in double-figures.

Jamie Navarro led the way for GSU with 16 points including a 4-of-8 performance from three-point range.

Barfield went 7-of-15 from the field and cracked the 20-point threshold for the first time this season.  DaLita Scott also added 11 points and five rebounds for FAU.

Vontrice Dennis was the only player in the game with double-figure rebounds.  The junior snatched 10 points and finished two points shy of her fourth double-double of the season.

FAU will get the rest of the week off before hitting the road on Saturday for a two-game trip.

The Owls will take on St. Louis next Sunday at Chaifetz Arena followed by a matchup against Kent State on December 21.  Tip-off in the St. Louis game is scheduled for 3 p.m.


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