Jan. 18, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Fayetteville State made its free throws late, while Johnson C. Smith missed foul shots at critical times. That proved to be among the chief differences in a 72-67 Broncos win at Felton J. Capel Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Reigning CIAA Player of the Week Tyrrel Tate (Raleigh, NC) paced four Broncos in double-figures. He had 21 points on 6-of-15 shooting and was 8-of-12 from the foul line. Joshua Dawson (Kinston, NC) added to his incredible freshman campaign with 20 points on 5-of-8 shooting and a 10-of-12 mark from the line. Louis Craft (Fayetteville, NC) had 11 points and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field (including three dunks) and Marquette Hill (Raleigh, NC) chipped in a career-high 10 points.
The win improves FSU's record to 12-5 overall, 5-2 in conference and 1-0 in Southern Division play. JCSU slips to 11-6, 3-4, 0-1.
"We played a great team and while we didn't play our best, we found a way to win," FSU coach Alphonza Kee said. "That's thoroughly impressive."
FSU took a 39-31 lead into halftime and led most of the way in general, but the Broncos had to make a comeback late in order to get the win.
The Golden Bulls battled all the way back to take a 65-64 lead on a pair of Patrell Rodgers foul shots following an intentional foul on the fast break with 3:53 to play. Then, the teams proceeded to trade points.
Dawson drilled two free throws 33 seconds later to take the lead back, only to surrender it again on an Emilio Parks layup with 2:57 to play. Seven seconds later, Tate tied things up by hitting one of two free throws.
A Torian Showers (Dublin, GA) tip-in gave FSU a 69-67 lead. After Dawson missed a layup the next possession, JCSU started a break and looked to have an easy layup. But Tate sprinted down the floor and committed a foul, preserving the lead.
JCSU's Robert Williams missed both foul shots.
Dawson hit a layup with 32 seconds left to stretch the lead to four. The Golden Bulls' Antwan Wilkerson was fouled with 21 seconds left, but he also missed a pair of foul shots and FSU was able to pull away.
For the game, FSU outshot JCSU 46-3 percent to 39.3 percent. JCSU made two more 3-pointers than FSU and outrebounded the Broncos 40-39, but FSU forced 18 turnovers and only made 15 miscues.
FSU outscored the Golden Bulls 44-36 in the paint, while JCSU made its living on the break, outscoring the Broncos 20-12 in transition.
FSU led by as many as nine points in the first half and held a 12-point lead in the second half.
The Broncos host Livingstone in a televised game at Felton J. Capel Arena on Wednesday at 7 pm.
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