Feb. 13, 2010
It may seem difficult to find a positive in Fayetteville State's 84-50 loss to Johnson C. Smith on Saturday.
Unless you're Broncos' head coach Alphonza Kee.
"We're going to learn from this game," Kee said. "You probably won't see it immediately, but there'll be a time very soon when Broncos basketball won't have games like this."
JCSU (18-8, 9-7 CIAA, 4-3 Western Division) shot 70.8 percent from the field in the first half and 58 percent for the game. The two-time defending CIAA champions led by as much as 37 and had three players score 17 or more points.
That kind of consistency and championship play is what Kee knows FSU (7-15, 4-12, 2-5) is in the future for his program.
"They have a belief and continuity that elevated their play during a televised game," he said. "In the first half, we fell back into being uncomfortable. We didn't move the ball and started our sets too late."
Jamel Carpenter, the CIAA's leading scorer, had 23 points and was the only FSU player to score in double figures.
Senior Larry Ross and junior Ariel Robinson had six points each. Forward Ben Davis added five points and six rebounds.
Heading into the final week of the regular season, FSU faces a grueling three-game road stretch. Over the next five days, Kee's team will play at Livingstone, at Shaw and at St. Augustine's before hosting against Virginia State for senior night on Feb. 20. Tipoff for all games is set for 7:30 p.m.
Ross, Davon Hood and Jason Thompson will be honored for their contributions to FSU basketball.
James Dillard led the Golden Bulls with 21 points, Brian Mobley added 17 while Jerry Hollis tallied 20 points and nine rebounds.
JCSU led 48-20 at halftime.