FSU Broncos Stun Shaw with a 74-72 Victory in Capel Arena

Jan. 27, 2018

Final Stats

Fayetteville, NC – Shaw University was once in a battle with Johnson C. Smith for the lead of the CIAA Southern Division.

That was until Fayetteville State (6-14 overall, 3-6 CIAA, and 2-2 in the division) stunned the Bears tonight with a 74-72 victory in Felton J. Capel Arena.

Shaw (13-7, 6-3, 3-1) jumped to an early 10-0 lead to start the game and held a 33-25 lead at halftime. The Bears controlled the first half and led by as many as 12 (32-20) with a little over a minute left in the half.

The FSU Broncos began to battle back in the second half, taking a two-point lead (50-48) with 10:25 left in the game. Fayetteville State managed a five-point lead (63-58) with 6:34 to go but it dwindled down to one (69-68) with 1:22 left.

Shaw recaptured the lead with an Alex Owens layup with 51 seconds left on the clock.

Down by one (70-69), Joshua Smith (Fayetteville, NC) nailed his fourth three-pointer at the 28-second mark to put the Broncos back in the lead but a layup by DeAngelo Stephens-Bell with 12 seconds left tied the game at 72-all.  

Fayetteville State was once again faced the last possession of the game, as it did against Winston-Salem State.

This time, FSU had two options – go for the win or head into overtime.

With Willie Gilmore (Fayetteville, NC) running the point and the clock ticking, Shaw University’s DaVaughn Kelsie committed a foul with five seconds left that sent Gilmore to the charity stripe.



Gilmore approached the free throw line for his first opportunity of the game and a team-high 18 points.

Both free-throws fell through for the two-point lead. The Bears put up a desperation three-pointer to no avail.

Behind Gilmore’s 20 points, Joshua Smith ranged in 14 points from the four three-pointers and a jumper. Jeremiah Pope (Clinton, NC) followed with 13 points and Denzell Hosch (Shelby, NC) finished with 12.

The Broncos made 75% (18 of 24) of its field goals in the second half and 61.5% (8 of 13) of its three-pointers. Shaw shot 64% (16 of 25) and made 3-of-7 threes.

Savon Goodman led Shaw with 20 points and DeAngelo Stephens-Bell chipped in 18. DaVaughn Kelsie added 12.

Fayetteville State will have a week off from competition until next Saturday when the Broncos travel to Saint Augustine’s.

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