Jan. 12, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, NC -Fayetteville State (8-6 overall, 3-2 CIAA) dropped a 75-72 decision to Virginia Union (3-9, 1-4 CIAA) on Saturday evening at Felton J. Capel Arena. Tyrrel Tate (Jr., Raleigh, NC) poured in a game-high 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting. The Broncos led by three (40-37) at intermission but could not hold on as the Panthers rallied in the second half.
Fayetteville State dug itself into a hole, making only four of its 25 attempts behind the three-point line.
The Panthers controlled the post, outscoring the Broncos 36-26 in points in the paint. They were successful on 20-of-25 free-throw attempts and were 12-of-13 in the second half. Wesley Simmons notched a team-high 14 points off the bench. Juan Wilson followed with 13 points.
Fayetteville State shot 35.4% (23-of-65) from the field and 62.9% (22-of-35) at the free-throw line. Virginia Union finished with a 44.8% (26-of-58) shooting percentage.
Tyrrel Tate was one of three FSU players to finish in double-figures as Andre Best (Sr., Raleigh, NC) scored 15 points while Travis Marcus (Jr., Washington, DC) added 13. Best finished 9-of-12 at the free-throw line while Marcus was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and 3-of-3 at the charity stripe.
The Broncos entered the locker room at intermission sporting a three-point (40-37) advantage behind Tate's 14 points. FSU held a nine-point lead at the 11:20 mark but Virginia Union fought back to take a one-point lead at 27-26. The two teams traded points for several minutes until Fayetteville State pushed its lead to six points (38-32) with 2:11 left. The Panthers scored the final basket of the half and trailed 40-37.
Fayetteville State opened the second half by extending its lead to 53-48 but saw Virginia Union tie the game for a fourth time at 57-57. The Panthers proceeded to go on an 8-0 run to lead 65-57 with 7:08 remaining. The Broncos rallied to cut their deficit to one at 68-67 but would not get any closer. Virginia Union converted on five of its final six free throws to go back ahead 76-69.
The Broncos wrap up a three-game home stand on Monday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. against the Bowie State Bulldogs. Virginia Union will travel to Raleigh for a conference matchup with St. Augustine's.