Feb. 3, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - The reserves on the Fayetteville State men's basketball team saw their most minutes of the season and thrived with the playing time, topping Barber-Scotia 93-53 at Felton J. Capel Arena on Monday night.
With a key conference showdown against Shaw looming on Wednesday, no FSU starter saw more than eight minutes of playing time. The rest did no harm, because the back-ups were stellar. Devin Thompson (Fayetteville, NC) logged a career-high 17 points to pace the Broncos. Marquette Hill (Raleigh, NC) and Anthony Shelton (Cary, NC) scored 15 points apiece, with Hill also recording nine rebounds. Timothy Haggie (Memphis, TN) was also in double-figures, scoring 14.
Quentin Underwood (Apex, NC) had a career-best 11 rebounds and Preston Holmes (Gastonia, NC) had a career-high seven assists. The Broncos improve to 15-6 on the season.
"I'm excited for these guys," FSU coach Alphonza Kee said. "The way we play is unique. We believe in our bench and we don't think they're a drop-off. We believe in everybody on our roster. I'm not surprised, I'm proud."
FSU shot an even 50 percent (34-of-68) from the floor and hit 10 of its 20 3-point attempts. The win earns the Broncos a season sweep of the Sabers (0-22).
Fayetteville State outrebounded its opponent 50-31, had an 18-7 edge in assists and a 17-2 advantage in points off turnovers. The Broncos won the second-chance points category 14-7 and had big edges in points in the paint (44-12) and fast break points (14-2).
The Broncos scored the first 10 points of the ballgame and never trailed in the contest. Only the efforts of Carlos Benton could keep Barber-Scotia hanging around for the game's first 20 minutes.
Still, Fayetteville State took a 36-24 lead into the locker room despite Benton's 14 first-half points.
The Broncos started off the second-half on a roll and never looked back. FSU scored the second stanza's first 13 points and never led by less than 20 the rest of the way.
In the second half alone, the Broncos shot 57.5 percent (23-of-40) and converted six of its 10 3-point tries.
FSU limited the Sabers to 16-of-61 (26.2 percent) shooting for the game.
The Broncos resume CIAA conference play on Wednesday against Shaw. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.