Feb. 17, 2014
SALISBURY, NC - Livingstone's 3-point prowess and scoring combo of Mark Thomas and Jody Hill, Jr. proved too much for Fayetteville State in a 116-101 loss at New Trent Gymnasium on Monday.
The Blue Bears jumped out to a 71-41 halftime lead. Livingstone (17-6 overall, 10-4 CIAA, 7-1 Southern Division) hit 17 of its 32 3-point attempts. Thomas scored 42 points and Hill added 35 to propel the Blue Bears to a season sweep.
Tyrrel Tate (Raleigh, NC) scored 35 for Fayetteville State, which falls to 17-8, 9-5, 5-3. The Broncos are now in third place in the division with two regular season games to go. Joshua Dawson (Kinston, NC) added 14 points and nine assists, while Devin Thompson (Fayetteville, NC) scored 17 and Marquette Hill (Raleigh, NC) added 10 off the bench.
The Blue Bears scored the game's first ten points and never trailed from there. At one point, a Tate 3-point play and a Dawson layup cut things to 33-24 with 8:02 to play. But Livingstone closed out the first on a 38-17 run. It's the most points FSU has allowed in any half this year.
Tate scored the first seven points in the second stanza on a layup, a 3-pointer and a tip-in. The Blue Bears followed with an 8-2 run to stretch the gap back to 28. After falling behind 88-58, the Broncos were able to score seven points in a row. Tate and Thompson hit back-to-back 3-pointers later in the half to cut the LC lead to 100-80 at the 7:37 mark. The Broncos also scored the game's final seven points to finish the half.
FSU outscored Livingstone 60-45 in the second half.
For the game, the Broncos managed to shoot an even 50 percent (37-of-74) from the floor. They converted 20 of their 28 free throw attempts, good for a 71.4-percent mark. The Blue Bears converted 52.3 percent of their shots and 53.1 percent of their 3-point attempts. Livingstone made 31 foul shots. FSU out-rebounded LC, 39-35.
FSU held advantages in points off turnovers (17-15), points in the paint (50-20), second-chance points (17-13), fast-break points (22-12) and bench points (40-22).
The Broncos play their final road game of the season at Shaw at 7:30 pm on Wednesday.