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Winston-Salem, NC – Fayetteville State's Willie Gilmore was having another high performance (22 points) game with the absence of the Broncos leading scorer, Josh Bryant.
Down by three (69-66) with 1:13 left in the game, Gilmore hit a jumper with 48 seconds left to put the Broncos within one of Winston-Salem State.
Robert Colon missed his three-point attempt for the Rams [prior to the shot clock expiring] which gave the Broncos one last shot with 18 seconds left in the game.
As he has done all game, Gilmore drove the lane for a layup, but it was blocked out of bounds with 2.3 seconds on the clock.
Denzell Hosch opened the game with a three-pointer and finished the game with 7-of-13 from beyond the arc.
Out of the 27 points scored by Hosch, his last three-pointer hurt the Rams the most. Receiving the in-bound pass with 2.3 seconds left, Hosch double-pumped the Ram defender, to get him off of his feet, and nailed the shot for the 71-69 buzzer-beater victory.
— FSU Broncos (@FSUBroncos) January 25, 2018
Gilmore and Hosch combined for 49 of the Broncos 71 points. Gilmore connected on 6-of-11 field goals and nailed 10-of-12 free throws. Hosch was 9-of-17 from the floor which includes the 7 three-pointers and two free throws.
Bryant sat on the bench of the Winston-Salem State game to nurse a high-ankle sprain.
Winston-Salem State controlled the majority of the first half with a 12-point lead (29-17) with 8:14 left in the half. Fayetteville State had a quick 6-point lead in the first three minutes of the game and made a comeback to overtake the lead and maintain a 38-35 halftime advantage.
The Broncos would continue its momentum after intermission to extend its lead to 51-41 at the 14:42 mark.
Winston-Salem State recaptured the lead (60-59) with 6:39 left in the game, but would only lead by as much as four (65-61) with 2:46 left in regulation.
With the win, Fayetteville State improves to 5-14 on the season and 4-5 in conference play. WSSU drops to 4-14 and 2-7 in the CIAA.
Robert Colon and William Crandall scored 17 points each while Derrick Farquharson and Jamel McCallister finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Fayetteville State will return to Capel Arena for a divisional doubleheader against Shaw University on Saturday, January 17th. First Responders in uniform will receive free admission.
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