Feb. 11, 2012
SALISBURY, N.C. - Fayetteville State coach Alphonza Kee likes to point to his youngest players and say that they are the future of the team.
The old guys aren't bad either.
The Broncos won for the second time in their last three games, getting a career-high 22 points from freshman point guard Anthony Shelton and 17 points and a team-high eight rebounds from All-CIAA selection and senior Sidney Evans to clip Livingstone 83-80 in a CIAA Southern Division game on Saturday night.
Shelton (Fr., Cary, N.C.) made 7 of 9 shots from the field and was a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the 3-point line as the Broncos (6-14, 4-8, 2-4) continue to round into the form that enabled them to make a run into the CIAA Tournament semifinals a year ago.
Tim Plummer (Sr., Apex, N.C.), who had missed two games since injuring his toe in the double-overtime loss at 14th-ranked Shaw last week, returned to the lineup to add 10 points, four rebounds and three steals in just 17 minutes of action while reserve Lenton Donnell (Jr., Wimington, N.C.) chipped in a season-high 11 points, hitting all four of his shot attempts.
Evans (Sr., Durham, N.C.) was also efficient for the Broncos, who shot 52 percent from the floor for the game, including a red-hot 56 percent in the second half. Evans made 6 of 8 shots from the field as Fayetteville State held on after Livingstone's Josh Hodge's 3-point attempt at the buzzer failed to go down.
Hodge led all players with 25 points as the Blue Bears (6-14, 2-10, 1-5) hung with the Broncos through in a close game, also shooting 51 percent from the field for the game. Mark Thomas added 14 points and Nasir Austin had 10.
The Broncos enjoyed their best night of the season from long range, burying 8 of 13 shots from behind the 3-point line (62 percent). Fayetteville State dominated the paint, outscoring Livingstone 40-22 inside. Still, the game was tight throughout, with 12 ties and 13 lead changes.
Fayetteville State travels to play St. Augustine's on Monday night.