Jan. 11, 2014
RICHMOND, VA - After suffering from double-digit opposition comebacks in back-to-back losses against Elizabeth City State and at Lincoln (PA), the Fayetteville State men's basketball team responded in a big way during a 94-77 win at Virginia Union on Saturday.
Tyrrel Tate scored a season-best 31 points and Joshua Dawson had 16 points and seven assists as the Broncos (10-5 overall, 3-2 CIAA) surpassed last year's win total and evened the 10 wins the program had in 2011-12. It's the second time FSU has knocked off VUU this season. Torian Showers had nine rebounds and Marquette Hill hauled in seven boards.
FSU, eager to snap that two-game skid, went on an 8-0 run less than five minutes into the game to turn an 8-7 lead into a 16-7 chasm. Tate had six of his points on that run and 15 of his points in the first half.
From there, the Broncos built their lead to 11, at 26-15, on a Juwan Addison 3-pointer with 9:57 to go in the first. The Panthers cut into the lead by as much as four in the first half, but it was a 44-35 Broncos edge at the half.
FSU never trailed in the second half, but the Broncos were sure tested. After taking a 44-35 lead into halftime, the Panthers rallied to tie the score at 49-49 with 17:20 to play. This time around, however, the Broncos bent but didn't break.
A 7-0 run immediately followed, thanks to a Showers layup, an Addison jumper and a Devin Thompson 3.
Virginia Union was down just five with 8:44 left in the game, but a 10-0 run gave the Broncos the edge they needed to coast to victory. Dawson hit a 3-pointer, Tate converted a 3-point play and Hill followed with a dunk to make it 78-63.
VUU didn't get closer than 11 the rest of the way.
In the second half alone, FSU outscored VUU 22-1 off of turnovers, 10-1 on second-chance points and 14-4 on the fast break. For the game, the Broncos had the edge in those categories 30-7, 16-10 and 18-10, respectively.
FSU outrebounded the Panthers, 42-35, and forced 19 turnovers.
The Broncos conclude their three-game road trip at Bowie State at 7:30 pm on Monday.