Feb. 20, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - The Fayetteville State Broncos had the guy they wanted on the line.
Having come back from a 15-point second-half deficit, the Broncos got within three points with less than 30 seconds to go. That's when they fouled Livingstone's 47 percent foul shooter Trone Jackson.
Jackson, who had made just 16 of 34 foul shots entering the game, stepped to the line in a one-possession contest facing a 1-and-1 situation with 28.3 seconds remaining.
And he knocked them down cold.
Greg Henry led all players with 19 points while Nasir Austin added 13 a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds to lift Livingstone to a 74-65 victory over Fayetteville State in the Broncos' home finale on Saturday night at Felton J. Capel Arena.
The Blue Bears (9-15, 5-10, 4-5), who also got 13 points from Omar Ford-Bey, led throughout the game and weren't threatened until the last 5 minutes. After trailing much of the half by double-digits, the Broncos finally got closer than seven points when Tyrrel Tate (So., Raleigh, N.C.) hit a layup to make it 64-60 with 4:18 left.
Tim Plummer (Sr., Apex, N.C.) later hit a runner to bring Fayetteville State within three, 66-63, with 1:32 to go, and after the Broncos got a stop, Plummer had a chance to bring Fayetteville State even closer. But this runner was no good, leading to a layup by Austin to push the advantage back to five with 43.6 seconds to go.
The Broncos' Andre Best (Jr., Raleigh, N.C.) made two foul shots with 35.3 seconds to go to bring Fayetteville State back within three again, setting up the foul of Jackson.
Tate led the Broncos with 17 points while Plummer had 14 points and eight rebounds. John Herrington (Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.) added eight points and eight boards.
The first half was dominated by Livingstone, which raced out to a 17-5 lead with 13:24 to go in the opening period.
Fayetteville State managed a 12-4 spurt to get back into the game, the run capped by a brilliant alley-oop dunk by Tate, who slammed the ball home while being fouled after having to reach back for the pass while in midair. That trimmed a 15-point deficit down to seven, 35-28, but that's the closest the Broncos could get in the half.
Livingstone led 41-31 at the break.
Fayetteville State honored the Broncos' five seniors - Jarmel Baxter Davidson, N.C.), Sidney Evans (Durham, N.C.), DominQue Johnson (Raleigh, N.C.), Plummer and Herrington before the game.
The Broncos close out the regular season on the road at Winston-Salem State on Saturday ngight.