Feb. 13, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - Here come the Fayetteville State Broncos.
And a freshman is leading them.
Just two days after scoring a career-high 22 points to lead Fayetteville State to a road win at Livingstone, Anthony Shelton splurged for 18 to pace the Broncos to a 72-60 victory over St. Augustine's at Emery Gymnasium on Monday night.
Shelton (Fr., Cary, N.C.) who was named as the CIAA Rookie of the Week after leading Fayetteville State (7-14, 5-8, 3-4) to two victories last week, scored eight of the Broncos' first 13 points in the game's opening 10 minutes, keeping Fayetteville State in the game when the Falcons (13-10, 8-5, 3-4) were in the midst of opening up a nine-point lead.
The Broncos won for the third time in their last four games since dropping seven straight games, appearing to continue a resurgence into the form that enabled them to make a run to the CIAA Tournament semifinals a year ago. With Monday's win, the Broncos moved into a four-way tie for second place in the CIAA's Southern Division.
In a tight second half, the Broncos led 62-58 with just over 4 minutes to go. Sidney Evans (Sr., Durham, N.C.) sparked Fayetteville State's last run with a 3-pointer for a 65-58 lead with 2:51 to go. The Broncos finished the game 7-for-8 from the foul line to preserve the victory.
Lenton Donnell (Jr., Wilmington, N.C.) came off the bench to add 12 points for the Broncos while Evans chipped in 11 - all in the second half.
Joel Kindred was the only St. Augustine's player to finish in double figures in scoring, with 19.
St. Augustine's used a 9-0 spurt midway through the first half to build a 20-11 lead, only to watch the advantage disappear in one of Fayetteville State's most dominant stretches of basketball this season.
Sparked by seven straight points by Donnell and 13 first-half points from Shelton, the Broncos ripped off a stunning 22-5 spurt over the last 11 minutes of the first half, taking a 33-25 lead into the break after a Shelton 3-pointer - his third of the half - at the buzzer.
Fayetteville State travels to Barber-Scotia for a nonconference game on Thursday night.