Travis Marcus recorded his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Jan. 19, 2013
CHARLOTTE, NC - The Fayetteville State men's basketball team suffered a 75-64 defeat to Johnson C. Smith (12-5, 5-2 and 1-0) in its CIAA Southern Division opener at Brayboy Gymnasium. FSU falls to 8-8 overall, 3-4 in the conference and 0-1 in the division.
Tyrrel Tate (Sr., Raleigh, NC) picked up his third double-double of the season with a team-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. He was one of three Broncos to score in double-figures against the Golden Bulls. Travis Marcus (Jr., Washington, DC) recorded his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Andre Best(Sr., Raleigh, NC) added 13 points.
Fayetteville State struggled offensively in the first half as it went into intermission trailing 41-22. The Broncos made just six of 39 attempts while Johnson C. Smith shot 51.7% (15-of-29) from the floor.
The Golden Bulls jumped to a 17-4 lead nine minutes into the contest. Fayetteville State cut its deficit to 13 points twice but couldn't get any closer.
The Broncos fought back in the second half outscoring the Golden Bulls 42-34. Fayetteville State cut its deficit to seven (53-46) with 11:43 left. The Golden Bulls went ahead 58-46 and led by double-digits the rest of the way. Johnson C. Smith pushed its lead to 20 points (73-53) at the 4:33 mark.
Fayetteville State shot 30.3% (23-of-76) from the field while the Golden Bulls were successful on 24-of-61 attempts (39.3%). Both teams took 30 free throws in the game but Johnson C. Smith converted on 23 tries to FSU's 18. The Broncos held a 40-36 advantage in points in the paint and 13-11 in points off turnovers. Fayetteville State was out-rebounded 52-48.
Trevin Parks scored a game-high 19 points for Johnson C. Smith and was one of three players to score in double-digits. Robert Williams pitched in 18 points and Terrance Washington followed with 13.
The Broncos will return to action on Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. as it travels to Salisbury, NC to take on the Blue Bears of Livingstone College. The Golden Bulls head to Saint Augustine's on Wednesday.