Feb. 1, 2014
RALEIGH, NC - The Fayetteville State men's basketball team had to hold off a furious St. Augustine's rally, but the Broncos did just that on Saturday to earn their fifth win in six games. The Broncos won 92-87 to improve to 14-6 overall, 7-3 in the CIAA and 3-1 in the Southern Division.
Six FSU players finished in double-figures, including Marquette Hill (Raleigh, NC), who scored a career-high 15 points off the bench. Hill was one of three Broncos to record at least seven rebounds. Tyrrel Tate (Raleigh, NC) paced Fayetteville State with 18 points and had seven boards. Torian Showers (Dubling, GA) had 15 points and eight rebounds. Joshua Dawson (Kinston, NC) had 10 points, as did Devin Thompson (Fayetteville, NC) and Anthony Shelton (Cary, NC).
"It's a great conference win," FSU coach Alphonza Kee said. "Their team was hungry and dangerous and we finished it off the right way. We had a chance to fight adversity and finished them. I was very pleased."
After Fayetteville State, which had a 58-41 lead at halftime, raced out to an 81-59 lead with 11:31, SAU fought back, using a barrage of Amere May baskets to claw back into the game.
May scored 26 of his 35 points in the second half and produced 18 points during a 23-3 SAU run that cut the Broncos lead to 84-82 with 2:40 to play.
When Dawson followed with two free throws and Tate hit a layup to stretch it back to 88-82, May hit a 3-pointer to cut it back to three. Tate made two free throws the next possession, however, making it 90-85 with 32 seconds to play.
Juwan Addison's defense proved too tough for May on the Falcons' next-to-last possession. May missed a 3-pointer and a jumper, and then Tate grabbed the defensive rebound and proceeded to hit two free throws to clinch the win. Tashaun Stockdale scored SAU's final two points on a dunk with three seconds left.
If it wasn't for May's barrage of baskets, FSU would've controlled the game the entire way. As it is, the Broncos shot 22-of-34 (64.7 percent) in the first half and hit seven of their 11 (63.6 percent) first-half 3-point tries. Dawson closed the stanza out with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave his team a 58-41 halftime lead.
The Broncos were much improved from the foul line in this contest, as well. FSU converted 19 of its 21 attempts from the charity stripe, good for a 90.5-percent clip.
FSU outrebounded SAU, 38-28 and had a 17-12 advantage in second-chance points. Despite turning the ball over three more times than their opponent, the Broncos managed to outscore St. Aug. 17-16 off of turnovers.
Fayetteville State had a 15-12 advantage in assists and a huge 39-17 edge in bench points. Each team finished with nine 3-pointers and made at least 50 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc.
FSU returns to action at Capel Arena at 7 pm on Monday night against Barber-Scotia. Conference play resumes on Wednesday night at home against Shaw at 7:30 pm.
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