Feb. 16, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Fayetteville State’s second-half rally fell just short on Saturday evening against the 14th-ranked Winston-Salem State Rams as it suffered a 68-61 loss at the C.E. Gaines Center. Tyrrel Tate (Jr., Raleigh, NC) led the Broncos with a 17-point, eight rebound effort on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor. FSU trailed at halftime 27-19.
Tate was one of three players for Fayetteville State (8-15, 3-11, 0-7) to score in double-figures at Winston-Salem State. Anthony Shelton (So., Cary, NC) chipped in 12 points while Devin Thompson (So., Fayetteville, NC) added 11 off the bench. Paul Lane (Jr., Atlanta, GA) also grabbed eight rebounds to go with seven points.
The Broncos struggled offensively in the first half registering 19 points on 7-of-24 shooting (29.2%) to head into the locker room down by eight. The Rams were behind just once in the first half at 3-2 and led by as many as ten points twice. Winston-Salem State held a 25-15 advantage at the 2:14 mark.
The Rams (19-4, 12-2, 5-2) managed to make just eight of their 26 shots in the first half but went 9-of-11 (81.8%) at the free-throw line while Fayetteville State was 4-of-8 at the charity stripe. The Broncos were forced into ten first-half turnovers but Winston-Salem State could not take advantage converting them into two points.
FSU came out after halftime and quickly cut its deficit to two (35-33) with 14:57 remaining. The Rams responded by going on a 10-0 run to increase their lead to 45-33. Winston-Salem State pushed its lead to a game-high 18 points (55-37) at the 5:17 mark. The Broncos scored the game’s final eight points, including back-to-back three pointers by Preston Holmes (So., Gastonia, NC), to end the game at 68-61.
Fayetteville State finished the contest shooting 36.2 percent (21-of-58) after going 14-of-34 in the second half. The Rams shot 22-of-60 (36.7%) overall. The Broncos led in second-chance points (18-11) and fast-break points (12-2). FSU’s bench also contributed 28 points in the effort.
Justin Glover guided the Winston-Salem State offense with a game-high 19 points. Michel-Ofik Nzege added 12 points after going 8-of-9 at the free-throw line.
The Broncos will wrap up their 2012-13 home season on Wednesday, Feb. 20 against the Shaw Bears. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fayetteville State will also hold “Senior Night” festivities at Felton J. Capel Arena. The Rams will host Johnson C. Smith on Wednesday.