Feb. 6, 2007
Tuesday, February 6, 2007 was a momentous day for the Fayetteville State Men's Basketball Team; not only did they manage to gallop past the Eagles of North Carolina Central University, 67-60, inside the McLendon-McDougald Gym, but the team earned it's first win on NCCU's home court since 2001. The win was also the first for Broncos' head coach Sam Hanger on North Carolina Central's home court; however it was his second victory this season against the Eagles (completing a season sweep).
NCCU started the game with a 7-0 run, before junior Jamel Austin was fouled and sent to the free throw line. Austin made both free throws, the Eagles would turn the ball over on the next possession, and sophomore Andy Gebru hit a 3-pointer to close the gap to 7-5. The remaining time in the half was spent as both team went back and forth, struggling to gain an advantage over the other. The Broncos trailed going into halftime, 32-28, shooting a respectable 45.8 percent (11-24) from the field compared to the Eagles' 48.1 percent (13-27).
As the game was drawing to a close, North Carolina Central faced a three point deficit with less than two minutes to play, when DeMarcus Bowden found Eric Houston inside for an easy lay-up. NCCU would call a timeout with 1:36 remaining. After the timeout, Steve Randolph scored for the Eagles bringing the lead back to three. Fayetteville State bought the ball down court looking for a meaningful basket; Houston tried for a turn-around jumper that rimmed out, but was tipped back in by Gebru. The put back gave Fayetteville State a five point advantage and after a couple of free throw attempts from the both sides, the game was sealed after senior Antwan House gathered a rebound and slammed in the final two points.
had a game-high 17 points, going 7 for 8 (87.5%) from the field. Eric Houston
and Andy Gebru
were the next leading scorers with 13 and 12, respectively. Drew Johnson was the leading scorer for NCCU with 14 points, followed Jason Hervey with 12 points.
The win improves the Broncos' record to 13-9 overall, 9-6 in the CIAA, and 4-0 in the CIAA Western Division. North Carolina Central falls to 8-11 overall and 4-9 in the CIAA.
The next men's basketball game will be between Saint Augustine's College and Fayetteville State University that will take place before a national television audience on Saturday, February 10, 2007. The men's game will be shown on ESPN-(plus) via live television broadcast from Capel Arena on the campus of Fayetteville State University. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.