Feb. 9, 2012
PETERSBURG, Va. - Ibn Rassoull scored a game-high 21 points while Kenny Mitchell had 18 as Virginia State slipped past Fayetteville State in men's basketball on Thursday night at Daniel Gym.
The game was close throughout, despite the Broncos falling into a 12-4 hole early in the game. Fayetteville State (5-14, 3-8) used a 21-12 edge in the first half's last 10 minutes to take its first lead before trailing 26-25 at the break.
The Broncos came out firing in the second half, scoring the period's first five points. But the Trojans (5-17, 3-6) responded with a 19-8 stretch to take a 45-38 lead. Fayetteville State answered with six straight points to creep within one, but a Kahlil Tate 3-pointer handed Virginia State a 61-54 lead with 2:06 remaining in the game.
Trailing 65-59 with under a minute to go, the Broncos' Tyrell Tate (So., Raleigh, N.C.) buried a 3 with 33 seconds left, bringing Fayetteville State within three.
The Broncos managed to trim to deficit all the way to one, 68-67, after Anthony Shelton (Fr., Cary, N.C.) converted a three-point play, but after Mitchell misfired on his second foul shot attempt with 4 seconds remaining, Virginia State's Daniel Awosanya corralled the offensive rebound, leading to another quick foul and two foul shots to put the game out of reach with under 2 seconds to go.
Andre Best (Jr., Raleigh, N.C.), who scored a career-high 19 points in leading Fayetteville State to a win over Johnson C. Smith on Monday night, led the Broncos with 14 points and six assists against the Trojans. Tate added 13 while Shelton had 12. It was the third straight game the Broncos have played without leading scorer Tim Plummer (Sr., Apex, N.C.), who is listed as day-to-day with a toe injury.
Kahlil Tate added 11 points for the Trojans, who shot 67 percent from the field in the second half to keep the Broncos at bay.
Fayetteville State travels to play Livingstone at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.