Feb. 20, 2010
There hasn't been as much success on the court this season as seniors Davon Hood, Larry Ross and Jason Thompson would've liked.
That's why Fayetteville State's 73-66 win over Virginia State was so important to the trio, who played their last game inside Capel Arena on Saturday.
"If I can remember correctly the last couple of years we lost on senior night," Ross said. "I was not trying to lose tonight. It wasn't just us, everyone stepped up and we got it done."
Added Hood: "This was our last game in Capel Arena. It's a very nice place to play and I wanted to make sure I went out right."
Hood had team-highs in points (16) and rebounds (11) and picked up his first double-double of the season.
Ross had seven points and six rebounds while Jarrick Jones and Jarmel Baxter had nine each. Ariel Robinson added 11 points
"This win meant a lot to the seniors," said FSU head coach Alphonza Kee. "They've been through a lot. They didn't ask for me to come in. They didn't ask for me to have curfew and study hall. It's a tremendous moment for them and I hope they're proud for the rest of lives because they won their last game."
FSU (8-18, 5-15 CIAA, 2-8 Western Division) led by four, 36-32, at halftime and by as much as seven in the first half.
The Broncos limited VSU (7-19, 5-15, 3-5) to 34.3 percent shooting from the field, the third time FSU has held an opponent to 40 percent or below shooting this season.
Offensively, FSU made 42 percent of its shots and connected on a season-high 28 free throws.
"I was ecstatic because CIAA Player of the Year candidate Jamel Carpenter didn't play," Kee said. "You know what he's meant to us. So, for us to come back and win without him, that shows a belief in our system."
Kee's team snapped a five-game losing streak and, according to Ross, gained momentum heading into next week's CIAA tournament.
"We've been on a drought with these wins," he said. "Whoever we play on Wednesday, hopefully they're ready, because hopefully we will be."
The final pairings for the CIAA tournament will be announced on Sunday.
Three VSU players scored in double figures with Trey Mines and Clifton Springfield-Cobb tallying 13 points each.