Feb. 19, 2014
RALEIGH, NC - The Fayetteville State men's basketball team couldn't overcome a tough Spaulding Gymnasium and two game delays on Wednesday. The Broncos lost to Shaw, 65-57.
That result combined with Winston-Salem State's tie against Johnson C. Smith, locks FSU (17-9, 9-6, 5-4) into the Southern Division's third seed for the CIAA Tournament. Shaw and St. Augustine's will round out the bottom of the division.
Torian Showers (Dublin, GA) paced the Broncos with 15 points. Tyrrel Tate (Raleigh, NC) had 13 points. Joshua Dawson(Kinston, NC) was also in double-figures, finishing with 11 points.
Fayetteville State limited Shaw to just 41.2-percent shooting (21 of 51) for the game and a 34.6-percent mark in the second half.
After Shaw began the game 11-4 and pushed its lead to 17-9. The Broncos responded with a 10-2 run and later cut it to 20-19.
With 5:02 to play in the first half, Shaw's lead was cut to 25-24. The Broncos didn't score the rest of the first half, but managed to stay with a 29-24 margin thanks to solid defense over the final few minutes.
Shaw scored the first two points of the second stanza to take a 31-24 lead. But FSU scored eight points in a row to seize its first lead of the game. Shaw recaptured the advantage and had a 35-32 lead before FSU scored six in a row.
A 7-0 Shaw run turned a 40-37 FSU lead into a 44-40 Broncos deficit. The Bears led the rest of the way.
FSU did manage to pull within one at 51-50 with 5:27 to play. But a 3-pointer from Shaw's Andre Paulk and two Paulk free throws helped put the game away.
Shaw held advantages in points in the paint, second chance points and bench points. Each team scored 16 points off turnovers.
The Broncos can still earn their 10th conference win of the season on Saturday afternoon against St. Augustine's. FSU hosts the Falcons at 4 pm for Senior Day. Fayetteville State will honor Travis Marcus (Washington, DC), Paul Lane (Atlanta, GA), Craft and Tate, along with Akysia Resper (Concord, NC), Amber Calvin (Fayetteville, NC) and Je'Lena Robertson (Houston, TX) of the women's team, during a ceremony between games of the doubleheader.