Earnest Crumbley scored 15 of his 24 in the second half and Jeff Cowans added 14 as Florida Atlantic held on to defeat Cleveland State 71-66 Saturday.
Modibo Niakate led Cleveland State with 17 points, but he missed a 3-point shot in the final 15 seconds that would have gotten the Vikings within a point.
Nick Neumann and Crumbley, who was 5-for-5 in the second half, hit a free throw each to seal the win. Cowans, No. 7 all-time on the school's 3-point list with 787, made two free throws with 1:50 left to put the Owls ahead 66-56.
Wes Robinson's 3-pointer and two free throws by Niakate got Cleveland State within 68-64 with 27 seconds left. Robinson stole the inbounds only to have Niakate's 3-point attempt fall off the front of the rim.
Florida Atlantic led 27-24 at the half despite 37 percent shooting and failing to hit a field goal for the first four minutes. Drew Skeeter tied the score at 3 with a 3-pointer, but Walt Chavis hit a 3-pointer in a 7-0 Cleveland State run that gave the Vikings a 19-13 lead.
Cleveland State went scoreless over the last 4:01 of the half. The Owls closed the half with a 7-0 run that included five points from Crumbley.
MISSISSIPPI: Emmanuel Wade and Justin Reed did not play in a 70-67 exhibition win over visiting Athletes in Action.
Coach Rod Barnes has said he is punishing the players, who are facing assault charges. Barnes has not said when they will be allowed to play.
Wade, 21, was charged with assaulting a police officer after he was involved in a scuffle at a roller rink Sept. 21. The felony carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.
Reed, 20, was charged with a misdemeanor in connection with the same incident.
Both were held out of the team's first exhibition game Nov. 9. The Rebels open the regular season Nov. 24 at East Carolina.