Jan. 10, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Student-athletes progress through the years with having the definition of poise and tenacity explained over and over.
Tonight in Felton J. Capel Arena, Fayetteville State (8-5 overall, 3-1 CIAA) epitomized examples of poise and tenacity in its 66-55 victory over Lincoln (PA). The Broncos trailed at halftime by six (26-20) after leading the majority of the first half.
Lincoln (8-5 overall, 1-3 CIAA) gave a valiant effort to hold the cushion at intermission. The Lions exchanged a nine-point deficit (18-9) with 8:11 left with a one-point lead (21-20) with 3:32 before halftime.
The Lions attempted to create panic by maintaining a lead for the first five minutes of the second half and exchanging leads up until the sixth tie of the game (48-48) with 7:07 left in the game.
That's when the poise of the Broncos began to shine through.
Louis Craft , a Fayetteville native, had the most tenacity for Broncos. With the ball in the low post area, Craft put up 9-of-11 field goals for a team best 20 points. He finished the night with a double-double with 15 rebounds. Craft claimed 12 rebounds on the defensive end and along with the remainder of the Broncos limited Lincoln to seven offensive rebounds and five second-chance points.
Duo leaders Tyrrel Tate (Raleigh, NC) and Anthony Shelton (Cary, NC) demonstrated poise.
Tate drove the lane for 15 points on the night and made the extra opportunities with a 5-for-5 showing at the free throw line.
Shelton shot the lights out, as he normally does, with 4-of-6 from distance for a dozen points.
Fayetteville State took complete control of the game with six minutes remaining and extended its dominance to close out the game with an 11-point lead.
FSU held advantages in shooting percentages and rebounds for the game. The Broncos shot 42.9% from the field (LUP 39.2%), 37.5% in three-pointers (LUP 22.2%), and 70.6% in free throws (LUP 55%). Fayetteville State held a 40-31 advantage on the boards.
Lincoln (PA) had an outstanding performance by George Jackson who finished with 21 points. Derrick Washington gave assist with 13 points.
Fayetteville State will host Virginia Union on Saturday, January 12th at 7:30 pm. The Lions will travel north for a matchup with Saint Augustine's.