Feb. 9, 2017

Final Stats

Recap by: Bria Battle (sophomore Mass Communication major at Fayetteville State)

Fayetteville, NC – The Fayetteville State University men’s basketball team picked up a 62-57 divisional victory over Livingstone College on Wednesday, February 8th at Felton J. Capel Arena. The Broncos improve to 9-12 overall, 5-7 in the CIAA, and 3-3 in the Southern; while the Blue Bears drop to 8-14 overall, 5-7 in the conference, and 4-3 in the division.

By the end of the game, there were seven ties and seven lead changes. The Broncos had an offensive edge, outscoring Livingstone 32-31 in the first half and 30-26 in the second. FSU completed the contest shooting 43.1% (22-51) from the field and 58.3% (14-24) from the free throw line.

Senior forward Michael Tyson (Kinston, NC) finished with a game-high 18 points, along with five rebounds and two blocks. Senior guard Joshua Dawson (Kinston, NC) led the team with four assists and chipped in 13 points, helping with the team’s offensive push. Redshirt freshman guard Josh Bryant (Fayetteville, NC) supported the effort with nine points, five boards, and two assists.

Fayetteville State maintained a lead for the final 17:25 of the game. Sophomore guard Xavier Robinson (Fayetteville, NC) made a three-pointer with 9:49 on the clock to moved FSU ahead 50-39; their largest lead of the contest. The Broncos outscored Livingstone 12-5 off turnovers and 12-8 in the paint in the second half.

Eric Dortch-Jones scored a team-high 10 points, followed by David Duncan with nine points for the Blue Bears. Duncan had eight rebounds, while Dortch-Jones grabbed six boards; both players led the team in rebounds.LC had 17 turnovers, compared to 11 turnovers for Fayetteville State. FSU held a 22-9 advantage in points off turnovers for the game.



“We limited our mistakes tonight and regrouped from some sloppy play in our previous games,” said head coach Ken Spencer. “We needed this win and it’s good to see our guys execute when our backs were against the wall.”

The Broncos will travel to Winston-Salem, NC for a road divisional contest against Winston-Salem State University on Saturday, February 11th. Game time is slated for 4:00 p.m. at the C.E. Gaines Center.

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