Jan. 19, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. - Damion Harris had 18 points and 11 rebounds to pace Virginia Union to a 76-65 victory over Fayetteville State on Thursday night at Barco-Stevens Hall.
After an 11-2 run Fayetteville State run brought the Broncos within one point, 51-50, with 10:38 to go, Harris made two critical baskets on a dunk and tough leaner to spark a 13-4 Virginia Union spurt. That run proved to be enough for the Panthers (10-10, 4-3), who took a 64-54 lead with 5:00 to go. Fayetteville State (4-8, 2-3) could get no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Sidney Evans (Sr., Durham, N.C.) led the Broncos with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Tim Plummer (Sr., Apex, N.C.) continued his second-half surge with 14 points and 11 boards. Those were the first two double-doubles of the season by a Broncos player.
Juan Wilson added 12 points and seven rebounds for Virginia Union while Wesley Simmons added 10 points.
The first half featured a series of minor runs by each team. Virginia Union scored the game's first five points before Fayetteville State answered with 10 of the next 12 to take a 10-7 lead midway through the opening period.
It went back and forth from there, with the Broncos recovering from a seven-point deficit with a 7-2 spurt to creep within two, 33-31, with 3:00 to go in the half.
But the Panthers answered right back, closing the period with six straight points for the 39-31 edge at the break.
Evans practically kept the Broncos in the game in the first half by himself, leading all players with 11 points and seven rebounds in just 13 minutes.
The Panthers jumped out to a 12-point lead, 45-33, early in the second half before the Broncos started their run to get back into the game. Evans hit a runner, followed by a tough drive by Anthony Shelton (Fr., Cary, N.C.), and later a three-point play on another acrobatic layup by Shelton.
But the Broncos never could get the lead back. Harris made his two key shots, and the Panthers moved back in front, and for the most part, managed to trade baskets with the Broncos the rest of the way.
It is the second time Virginia Union has defeated Fayetteville State. The Panthers slipped past the Broncos 82-77 in a nonconference game on Dec. 12.
The Broncos will now turn their attention to Southern Division rival Winston-Salem State (13-2, 6-0) in a nationally-televised game at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Felton J. Capel Arena on the campus of Fayetteville State University. Check www.FSUBroncos.com for more information on where to find the broadcast of the game.