Feb. 15, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Tyrrel Tate (Raleigh, NC) scored a game high 26 points, but it wasn't enough to pull off a sweep against Winston-Salem State on national television. The visiting Rams (14-9 overall, 9-4 CIAA, 5-2 division) topped Fayetteville State 69-61 at Felton J. Capel Arena.
"All-time, weak offense," Broncos coach Alphonza Kee said. "We just weren't focused. They had a good game plan on their end. They played with hunger and that's what good teams do. They were hungrier than us."
Devin Thompson (Fayetteville, NC) was the only other FSU player in double-figures with 11 points. The Broncos fall to 17-7 overall, 9-4 in CIAA play and 5-2 in Southern Division play.
The Rams scored the first four points of the game on a pair of WyKevin Bazemore free throws and a Preston Ross dunk. Tate converted a layup soon after, but WSSU countered with four more points.
The Broncos scored the game's next six points on a dunk by Marquette Hill (Raleigh, NC) and jumpers by Tate and Torian Showers (Dublin, GA) to knot things at 10. A pair of Tate free throws and a Showers jumper gave FSU a 14-10 advantage. FSU's lead soared to five at 19-14 with 10:20 to go, but a 5-0 run tied things back up.
Two Thompson free throws gave FSU a 21-19 lead, but WSSU responded with a 7-0 run. The Rams scored the last four points of the first half to take a 35-30 lead into the break.
The Broncos never led or tied in the second half. The lead swelled to ten with 12:34 to play. From there, FSU couldn't get it close until too late.
With 1:58 to play, Thompson hit a 3-pointer that cut the gap to 59-53. The Broncos trailed 62-58 with 44 seconds left on another Thompson three. But the Rams drained five free throws before FSU could score again.
For the game, FSU was out-rebounded 42-32. The Broncos shot 37.5 percent (18-of-48) and made six of their 15 3-point tries (40 percent). FSU went to the line 25 times and converted 19 of its attempts.
WSSU held the edge in points off turnovers (19-16), points in the paint (26-16) and second-chance points (15-5). FSU outscored the Rams off the bench (21-18).
The Broncos are now currently in a tie for second place in the Southern Division with Winston-Salem State, a game back of Livingstone. FSU travels to Salisbury for a critical conference road game against the Blue Bears on Monday at 7:30 pm.