Feb. 3, 2007
Senior forward Zeke Mayes was Fayetteville State's leading scorer with 16 points, but the Broncos fall short to Bowie State University, 72-64 inside A.C. Jordan Arena on Saturday, February 2, 2007.
The Broncos got off to an early start, taking a 7-2 advantage in the opening three minutes. Fayetteville State's lead grew to 18-6 by the 14:10 mark of the opening half. After a Bowie State timeout, the Bulldogs went on a 13-2 run to come within one (20-19) with 10:45 remaining in the first half. Bowie State knocked down 16-of-30 first half field goals (53.3 percent) and Fayetteville State shot almost as well, hitting 14-of-48 from the field (50.0 percent).
Bowie State had some trouble creating distance in the second half. However, Fayetteville State could get no closer than three points seven times in the final 20 minutes of action. Almost half of Bowie State's total points came from within the paint. The Bulldogs outscored the Broncos 34-26 in the paint and forced 18 FSU turnovers, which produced 20 points off those turnovers.
Playing before a national television audience, Bowie State's Gil Goodrich led his team with 13 points and dished out 10 assists. Goodrich, who leads the CIAA in points, steals, and assists, did a good job of getting his teammates involved, especially Tyronne Beale. Beale scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
FSU's hero against Elizabeth City State, Jamel Austin, finished with 12 points and six assists; while Andy Gebru, who fouled out in the closing seconds, had 11 points and four assists for the Broncos.
With the loss, Fayetteville State drops to 12-9 overall and 8-6 in the CIAA. Bowie State moves to 13-5 overall and 9-5 in the CIAA. Up next, the Broncos travel to North Carolina Central University - Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.