Jan. 3, 2013
MURFREESBORO, NC - The Fayetteville State men's basketball team opened conference play in exciting fashion on Thursday evening as it defeated Chowan 81-75 in overtime. Louis Craft (Jr., Fayetteville, NC) scored a personal best 19 points for the Broncos as the winning streak increases to five.
Fayetteville State improves to 6-4 overall and 1-0 in conference action while the Hawks fall to 5-4 and 0-1. The Broncos will stay on the road for their next contest on Saturday, Jan. 5 in Petersburg, VA against Virginia State. The contest is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in Daniel Gymnasium.
Craft, the reigning CIAA Newcomer of the Week, surpassed his previous career-best performance by one point. He pulled down eight rebounds and was one of four Broncos to tally double-digit points. Anthony Shelton (So., Cary, NC) contributed 18 points while Tyrrel Tate (Jr., Raleigh, NC) added 17. Seth Hawkins (Sr., Greensboro, NC) recorded 10 points off the bench. He was 3-for-5 behind the three-point line.
The Broncos trailed by six points (35-29) entering halftime. The game was tied seven times throughout the opening half as Fayetteville State shot 42.3% (11-of-26) from the field and Chowan made 13-of-26 (50.0%).
The second half turned into a thriller as Fayetteville State rallied from eight points down with 9:43 left to take a 67-62 lead. The Hawks' Greg Alston would send the game into overtime on his three-pointer with one second left in regulation. Shelton led the second half with ten points as the Broncos posted a 51.7% (15-of-29) shooting percentage from the field.
FSU outscored Chowan in overtime 11-5 as Craft scored the team's first four points. Ashante Ross cut the Hawks' deficit to one but Tate put the game away after his three-pointer with less than a minute remaining.
Fayetteville State finished the game with a 47.5% (29-of-61) mark from the field. FSU converted 15 Chowan turnovers into 27 points and led 32-21 in points in the paint. The Broncos depth played the deciding factor for the game as the bench outscored the Hawks' 19-8.