Jan. 30, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Fayetteville State Broncos did everything right.
On the road in a hostile environment, they dominated the glass, got production throughout the lineup and won the battle in the paint.
But against the 17th-ranked team in the nation, it still wasn't enough.
Malik Alvin made two foul shots to force a second overtime and buried a critical 3-pointer midway through the second extra period to help Shaw hold off the upset-minded Broncos 92-84 in double-overtime on Monday night in a CIAA classic at raucous C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
Alvin, the Bears' leading scorer at 19.6 points per game, was held to just two points in the first half. But he came alive when Shaw (17-2, 9-0, 3-0) needed him the most, scoring seven points to go with two assists as the Bears ran off a 15-6 spurt in the second overtime to clinch the victory. Alvin finished with a game-high 26 points.
Fayetteville State (4-12, 2-6, 0-3), seeking a win to turn its season around, instead dropped its sixth straight, which includes two other losses in overtime. But the Broncos were valiant in defeat, holding a 58-44 edge in rebounding and a 29-19 advantage in second-chance points. Fayetteville State, though hampered by foul trouble from the tip, also held a 42-17 edge in bench points.
Tony Smith added 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Bears while Karron Johnson had 10 points.
Tim Plummer (Sr., Apex, N.C.), who scored six straight points in the final minutes of regulation to force overtime with the score knotted at 69, led the Broncos with 19 points to go with seven rebounds and four steals. Tyrrel Tate (So. Raleigh, N.C.), who came on late in the game and through overtime, added 16 points. Sidney Evans (Sr., Durham. N.C.) had nine points and a game-high nine rebounds while John Herrington (Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.) chipped in nine points as well.
The game was tight throughout, with Shaw using a 9-0 run to take a 55-48 lead with 12:04 to go in regulation. Fayetteville State answered with a 7-0 spurt to tie it again 90 seconds later before the Bears came right back with eight straight points - five by Alvin - to take a 63-55 edge with 4:03 remaining.
But Tate and Evans added buckets, and Plummer buried a jumper to tie it again at 65 with 2:54 to go. After Alvin and Plummer traded foul shots, Plummer hit two more to give Fayetteville State a 69-67 edge with 1:15 left.
Alvin, though, got a chance at two more foul shots with 25 seconds left and buried them, sending the game into overtime after Andre Best's (Jr., Raleigh, N.C.) jumper didn't go down.
The Broncos took a 73-69 lead 90 seconds into the first overtime period, but Shaw clawed its way back to tie the game at 73 with 1:14 left. Tate put Fayetteville State back ahead with two foul shots after Johnson was whistled for a technical foul, but Best misfired on a 3 after the Broncos kept possession. With 12.4 seconds to go, Plummer was hit with a foul, sending Alvin to the line. He hit both shots, sending the game into a second overtime knotted at 75.
From there it was all Bears, who picked up an Alvin 3 with 3:06 remaining to give them an 80-76 lead. Fayetteville State couldn't recover.
The Broncos got off to a hot start, hitting three of their first four shots to jump out to a 7-0 lead. Eight minutes into the game, Fayetteville State's bench outscored Shaw's reserves 9-0 and held a 10-2 advantage in second-chance points.
The Broncos built their largest lead, 22-13, with 12:03 to go in the period, and still led by eight, 29-21, after a Best (Jr., Raleigh, N.C.) three-point play with 7:23 to go.
But the Bears, unbeaten in league play, came roaring back before the end of the half. Five different Shaw players scored in a 12-2 run to give the Bears their first lead of the game, 33-31, with 4:32 remaining in the half.
But Jarmel Baxter (Sr., Davidson, N.C.) hit two 3-pointers in a span of less than 2 minutes to give the lead back the Fayetteville State, which held on for a 39-38 lead at the break despite five players finishing the half with two fouls or more each.
Fayetteville State hosts St. Augustine's at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
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