Jan. 21, 2017

Final Stats

Fayetteville, NC – The Fayetteville State University men’s basketball team fell to Winston-Salem State University 94-84 in a divisional matchup on Saturday, January 21st at Felton J. Capel Arena. FSU moves to 7-10 overall, 3-6 in conference, and 1-2 in the division, while the Rams improve to 7-10 overall, 3-5 in the CIAA, and 1-2 in the Southern.

The Broncos shot41% (25-61) from the field, 36% (8-22) from beyond the arc, and 72% (26-36) from the free throw line. Meanwhile, WSSU had shooting percentage of 48% (26-54) from the floor, 47% (10-21) from the three point line, and 78% (32-41) from the charity stripe.

Senior guard Joshua Dawson (Kinston, NC) had team-highs of 23 points and six assists, along with six rebounds. Redshirt junior guard Carl McCray (Roper, NC) and redshirt freshman guard Josh Bryant (Fayetteville, NC) added 16 and 14 points, respectively. Redshirt sophomore forward William Tibbs (Winston-Salem, NC) contributed with 11 points, seven boards, two blocks, and two steals.

Robert Colon finished with a game-high 24 points. Ameer Jackson had 20 points and four assists before fouling out of the game. T.J. Watson and William Crandell had 14 points apiece.

Fayetteville State never fell behind in the first half. In fact, following a two-handed fast break dunk from sophomore forward Javen McNeill (West End, NC) WSSU trailed 26-13 with 8:46 on the clock. The Rams closed the gap, but were down 36-30 at the break. FSU held advantages of 18-8 off points in the paint and 6-0 in fast break points in the opening half.



In the second half, Winston-Salem State capitalized off an 11-4 scoring run to move ahead. Colon made a layup and a free throw after being fouled on the shot to give WSSU a 41-40 lead with 16:24 left to play. The Broncos responded with nine unanswered points, including three-pointers from McCray and Tibbs over the next three minutes.

The Rams tied the game 50-50 by the 12:05 mark with a 9-0 run of their own. Jackson hit three consecutive threes nearing the halfway point of the second half. Fayetteville State faced a 61-55 deficit with 10:05 remaining.

FSU had an uphill battle for the remainder of the contest. Winston-Salem State led by as much as 14 before closing out the game with a 94-84 victory. WSSU outscored the Broncos 64-48 in the second half, including advantages of 22-12 in the paint and 19-10 off turnovers.

Fayetteville State will hit the road for their next matchup against Shaw University on Wednesday, January 25th. Game time is slated for 8:00 p.m. at C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium in Raleigh, NC.

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