Feb. 5, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Louis Craft wasn't sure he whether had enough rebounds for a double-double, so he tried to convince teammate Marquette Hill not to check in for him late in Fayetteville State's men's basketball contest against Shaw on Wednesday. It didn't work, but Craft got his double-double anyway in the Broncos' 88-67 win at Felton J. Capel Arena.
Everything went right once again for FSU. Even Craft's lack of certainty in his statistics fell in his favor. He finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Broncos improved to 4-1 in Southern Division play.
"I was proud of him," FSU coach Alphonza Kee said. "He's a very good player and he had a double-double tonight. That could be every night for him, but he is being a role guy and he wants to win so he's willing to sacrifice."
Tyrrel Tate (Raleigh, NC) paced the Broncos in scoring with 17 points.Hill (Raleigh, NC) scored 14 and Anthony Shelton (Cary, NC) had 12 off the bench. Joshua Dawson (Kinston, NC) had nine points and nine assists.
The win improves FSU's record to 16-6 overall, 8-3 in the CIAA and 4-1 in the Southern Division, tied with Livingstone in first place.
"Everybody puts the work in and we know who we are," Craft (Fayetteville, NC) said. "It's just a matter of getting it done, and right now we're getting it done."
Shaw scored the game's first four points, but that 4-0 lead was the last one the Bears would have. FSU reeled off 10 consecutive points on 3-pointers by Tate and Dawson, a free throw from Travis Marcus (Washington, DC) and a Torian Showers (Dublin, GA) 3-pointer to make it 10-4.
From there, it was all Broncos. A Shelton jumper at the 11:53 mark of the first half gave FSU its first double-digit lead at 20-9.
By the time Tate closed out the first half with a slam dunk, FSU had a nice 50-27 cushion to take into the locker room.
The Broncos hit 19 of their 28 field goal attempts in the first 20 minutes, good for a 67.9-percent mark. They made seven of their 13 3-point attempts as well to help swell the margin.
The second half wasn't as lopsided, but the Broncos still controlled the pace of play. FSU scored the half's first four points to take a 54-27 lead. The margin swelled to as much as 29 before Fayetteville State let up off the gas pedal.
The win snaps an eight-game losing skid against Shaw.
The Broncos finished a staggering 28-of-48 (58.3 percent) from the field and hit eight of their 17 (47.1 percent) 3-point attempts. Meanwhile, FSU limited Shaw to just 38.3-percent shooting (23-of-60).
FSU outscored the Bears in fast break points (16-14) and bench points 40-31. The Broncos had a slight 38-36 rebounding advantage.
The Broncos start the second half of their Southern Division schedule on Saturday at 7:30 pm in Charlotte, where they'll try to earn a season sweep of Johnson C. Smith.