Feb. 20, 2008
Charlotte, NC - The Fayetteville State University men's basketball team let the CIAA Western Division crown slip through their fingers with a 71-69 loss to Johnson C. Smith University Tuesday evening in Brayboy Gymnasium.
The Golden Bulls faithful were in attendance to support JCSU and to honor head men's basketball coach Stephen Joyner, Sr. Johnson C. Smith named the floor inside Brayboy Gymnasium after their long-time head coach (Stephen Joyner, Sr. Court) and held a ceremony prior to tip-off.
Amongst the celebration, the Broncos were trying to win their last road game of the season. A victory would have been their fourth straight and kept FSU in the hunt for the western division title.
Junior guard Andy Gebru and senior guard Phillippe Harris put forth a tenacious fight for FSU. Gebru and Harris accounted for 52 of the team's 69 total points and all nine of the Broncos' three-pointers. Gebru scored 20 of his 22 total points in the first half, while Harris scored 25 of his 30 in the second half. Unfortunately, their efforts were not enough to lead the team to victory.
JCSU led by 11 at the half (42-31) and expanded the deficit to 14 by the 16:20 mark of the second period. Even though the Golden Bulls managed to build a double-digit lead, the Broncos made it hard to hold onto. Fayetteville State cut the lead to two with 27 seconds left. But solid free throw shooting in the closing seconds sealed the win of Johnson C. Smith.
The Golden Bulls out-rebounded FSU 51-31 and scored 27 second chance points compared to nine for the Broncos.
With the win, JCSU improved to 17-9 overall and 11-7 in the CIAA. Saint Augustine's loss to Livingstone last night, clinched the Golden Bulls' third consecutive western division title with a 6-2 divisional record. The Broncos falls just below .500 for the season at 12-13 and in the conference at 8-9.
Fayetteville State will finish the regular season on Thursday, February 21st against Livingstone College for Senior Night. The contest will take place in Capel Arena at 7:30 pm.