Feb. 4, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Tyquan Stroman scored 13 points to pace St. Augustine's as the Falcons held off a depleted Fayetteville State team 62-59 on Saturday night at Felton J. Capel Arena.
Stroman made 4 of 6 foul shots down the stretch to preserve the Falcons' lead and help St. Augustine's to the victory despite 34 percent shooting from the floor and a game-high 22 points from the Broncos' Sidney Evans (Sr., Durham, N.C.).
Joel Kindred and Chris Johnson added 11 points apiece for the Falcons, who held a 45-35 edge in rebounding over the Broncos, who were without their top player, Tim Plummer (Sr., Apex, N.C.). Plummer, who leads the team in scoring and doubles as the team's top defensive player, was out with a dislocated toe he suffered in the double-overtime loss on the road last week at No. 17 Shaw.
Jarmel Baxter (Sr., Davidson, N.C.) hit three 3-pointers to add 11 points for Fayetteville State, which also got eight points and eight rebounds from Tyrrel Tate (So., Raleigh, N.C.).
Evans got off to a hot start for Fayetteville State, scoring 13 of the team's first 16 points. He finished the half with 15 points, hitting 6 of 8 shot attempts from the field to lead the Broncos to a 30-26 edge at the break.
The Broncos needed Evans' scoring binge. Without Evans' instant offense, Fayetteville State hit just 5 of 20 shots from the field in the first half.
But the Broncos' defense was stingy as well, holding St. Augustine's to just 28 percent shooting from the field in the opening period.
The game was close throughout, with neither team building more than a six-point lead. There were nine lead changes and seven ties, with the last tie coming at 41 with 11:45 remaining.
Fayetteville State had its chances. Andre Best (Jr., Raleigh, N.C.) converted a three-point play with 6:22 to go to make it 50-48, but the Broncos didn't score again until the 3:02 mark. Still, they only trailed 51-50 at the point before David Brown buried a critical 3 with 2:27 left. With Fayetteville State misfiring on six straight foul shots down the stretch, Stroman and St. Augustine's made enough of them to preserve the win.
The Broncos host Johnson C. Smith at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.