FSUBRONCOSDOTCOM Alphonza Kee and FSU travel to Shaw on Saturday.
Alphonza Kee and FSU travel to Shaw on Saturday.

Jan. 25, 2010

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ELIZABETH CITY - Fayetteville State head coach Alphonza Kee believes every game this season is a teaching opportunity.

Fayetteville State's 82-58 loss at Elizabeth City State on Monday was no different.

"We had a couple of guys who were major components for us that didn't start the first half," said Kee. "Those things you can't do, if you want to come on the road and beat a good basketball team."

ECSU (5-11, 2-8 CIAA) jumped out to a 23-10 lead midway through the first half. However, the three-point shooting of Ariel Robinson, who had a team-high 20 points and 11 rebounds, helped FSU climb to within six, 35-29, at halftime.

After tying the game 43-43 early in the second half, the Vikings closed the game on a 39-15 run.

Kee said FSU (5-11, 2-8 CIAA) fouled too much during that stretch.

"You can't foul people at their place," he said. "A key component of the game is mental toughness - when you give free throws, that's not mature. We don't have mature play on the road."

Jamel Carpenter scored 12 points while Davon Hood added eight.

FSU will play at Shaw on Saturday and Johnson C. Smith on Monday.. Tipoff for both games is set for 7:30 p.m.

"Mental toughness and taking care of the basketball out of the gate are important," said Kee. "On the road it's tough. We've got to get the ball inside a little more."

Trent Bivens topped FSU with 25 points while Marquie Cooke added 19.