Jan. 25, 2010
Elizabeth City, NC - Fayetteville State (5-11, 2-8 CIAA) ran out of gas in an 82-58 loss at Elizabeth City State. The Broncos managed a tied score of 43-all with 13:29 remaining in the second half but committed 14 fouls up until the final buzzard. The Vikings closed the game on a 39-15 run. ECSU (5-11, 2-8 CIAA) jumped 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.
Ariel Robinson made 5-of-11 field goals and 3-of-3 from behind the charity stripe to lead FSU in the first half with 14 points and five rebounds. The Broncos controlled the boards (17-15) but committed more turnovers (15-10); which led to 16 ECSU points. Down by 13 points, Robinson hit a three-pointer and scored seven of the nine points scored in the final 3:29 before intermission. Fayetteville State was 1-of-5 in three pointers for the half.
The Vikings made 4-of-9 from behind the arc and shot 48.1% from the field compared to the Broncos 45.5%.
In the opening 6:31 of the second half, Fayetteville State closed the gap to tie the score. Michael Carpenter, who sat out the first half, scored 12 points in 17 minutes of play. Robinson chipped in six points for the half while Davon Hood added eight points for the game.
FSU struggled in the second half; making 9-of-33 from the floor and 3-of-15 from behind the arc. The Broncos were whistled for 20 personal fouls in the half and 31 on the night. With 26 trips to the free-throw line, Fayetteville State made 16 of them for 61.5%.
ECSU finished the game shooting 56% in field goals after making 15-of-23 shots (65.2%) in the second half. The Vikings made 5-of-10 free throws in the first half and 17-of-29 in the second half for a game total of 56.4%. Trent Bivens led the game with 25 points while Marquie Cooke added 19. Paul Goldsmith had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.
FSU will now focus on divisional opponents with a trip to Shaw University on Saturday and Johnson C. Smith University on Monday. Tipoff for both games is set for 7:30 p.m.