Feb. 16, 2012
CONCORD, N.C. - Fighting injuries and changes to the lineup throughout the season, all Fayetteville State coach Alphonza Kee has wanted was for the Broncos to find a way to peak at the right time.
Sidney Evans led four players in double figures with 16 points as Fayetteville State won for the third straight time and its fourth game in its last five after dismantling Barber-Scotia 88-62 on Thursday night.
Evans (Sr., Durham, N.C.) added seven rebounds while Seth Hawkins (Jr., Greensboro, N.C.) had 12 points and Tim Plummer (Sr., Apex, N.C.) and Lenton Donnell (Jr., Wilmington, N.C.) had 10 points apiece for Fayetteville State.
The Broncos (8-14), who host ninth-ranked Shaw at Felton J. Capel Arena on Saturday night, will enter that game playing their best basketball of the season.
Fayetteville State romped past Barber-Scotia, holding a commanding 54-35 edge in rebounding and scored 30 points off turnovers. Fayetteville State's bench held a staggering 63-7 advantage over the Sabers while shooting 45 percent from the field.
The Broncos led 11-2 just 3 minutes into the game, getting six early points from Plummer. Midway through the half, Fayetteville State ripped off 11 straight points, with Evans fueling the spurt with seven points to give the Broncos a 32-13 lead with 7:34 to go in the half.
The Broncos kept building the lead from there, eventually leading by as many as 21 points, 40-19, with 4:37 to go in the half. Fayetteville State led 48-27 at the break.
Fayetteville State continued to pour on the pressure after the half, using a 19-3 run early in the second period to take their largest lead, 70-35, with 11:243 remaining in the game.
Carlos Benton led all players with 23 points for Barber-Scotia, which also got 22 points from Tyrell Alston.