Fayetteville, NC – Whenever Fayetteville State plays Winston-Salem State in basketball, the definition of rivalry is obvious through the course of the game.
This evening in Capel Arena, Fayetteville State held a two-point lead (64-62) with 49 seconds left in front of a packed crowd. The game was the second CIAA broadcast game for the Broncos.
After five lead changes and four tied scores of the second half, the Rams William Crandell was fouled on a made layup and converted the free-throw for one-point lead (65-64) with 36 seconds left.
Willie Gilmore (Fayetteville, NC) drove the lane on the following play but Stephen Pippins blocked his layup; which in turn, forced the Broncos to foul with 12 seconds left.
Derrick Farquharson would make both free throws to give Winston-Salem State a 67-64 lead.
Coming out of a Bronco timeout, all eyes would target Denzell Hosch as he helped FSU prevail over the Rams in the C.E. Gaines Center before the final buzzer.
With the ball in play and 10 seconds left, FSU progressed through a couple options that led to Joshua Smith (Fayetteville, NC).
Smith led the Broncos with a team-high 17 points with 5-of-10 made three-pointers. Unfortunately, his tenth 3-point attempt failed as time expired.
The win broke an 11-game losing streak for Winston-Salem State as the Rams improved to 5-19 overall and 3-11 in the CIAA. WSSU is 1-7 in the Southern Division.
Fayetteville State is now 3-5 in the division and 4-10 in the conference.
Willie Gilmore and Joshua Bryant (both of Fayetteville, NC) scored 11 points.
Crandell led the game with 22 points while Farquharson followed with 17 points. Robert Colon scored 11 points coming off the Rams bench.
Winston-Salem State scored 17 points off turnovers compared to the Broncos 10. WSSU’s highest lead of the game was by seven points (40-33) with 16:50 left in the second half. Fayetteville State led by 13 points (15-2) in the first half (12:45).
Fayetteville State has two games remaining before the CIAA Tournament. The Broncos will travel to Shaw on Wednesday, February 21 and will host Saint Augustine’s on next Saturday for Senior Day.
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