Feb. 21, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - The Fayetteville State men's basketball team dropped a 74-65 decision to the Shaw Bears on Wednesday night at Felton J. Capel Arena in a CIAA Southern Division matchup. The Broncos held their "Senior Night" festivities prior to the contest by recognizing four seniors: Andre Best (Raleigh, NC), Lenton Donnel (Wilmington, NC), Shel'Donte Fields (New Bern, NC), and Seth Hawkins (Greensboro, NC). Lenton Donnell scored a team-high 16 points for Fayetteville State.
Donnell finished the game 5-of-8 shooting from the floor and 3-of-6 behind the three-point line. He was one of four Broncos to score in double figures. Tyrrel Tate (Jr., Raleigh, NC) finished the game with 13 points while Devin Thompson (So., Fayetteville, NC) added 11. Paul Lane (Jr., Atlanta, GA) added ten.
Fayetteville State (8-16 overall, 3-12 CIAA, 0-9 Division) had one of its best first-half shooting performances of the season against Shaw but went into halftime down 45-37. FSU finished the half shooting 52.4 percent (11-of-21) from the field and 71.4 percent (5-of-7) beyond the three-point arc.
The Broncos and Bears combined for 33 free throws in the first half. Fayetteville State connected on 10-of-15 attempts while Shaw was successful on 16 of its 18 free throws. The Bears out-rebounded FSU 21-10 in the half which led to 15 second-chance points; the Broncos had two second-chance points.
The opening half went back-and-forth as the lead changed hands nine different times while the score was tied on seven occasions. The Broncos never led by more than four points in the half which came at the 16:18 mark up 9-5. Shaw held slim leads throughout until it went on a 14-3 run over the final 3:58; to go into the locker room up by eight.
The Bears (15-10, 9-6, 3-6) led the entire way in the second half as they connected on nine of their 16 field-goal attempts for a 56.3 percent clip. Shaw also made its mark at the charity stripe going 11-of-15 (73.3%) while Fayetteville State attempted three free-throws. The Bears held their largest lead of the second half at 12 points (60-48) with 8:21 remaining. The Broncos fought back to cut their deficit to three (68-65) with 47 seconds left; but would not score another basket as Latrail McCoy made six straight free throws to end the game.
Fayetteville State shot 40.7 percent (22-of-54) in the contest while Shaw was 21-of-44 (47.4%). FSU forced the Bears into 18 turnovers that led to 18 points. The Broncos held an advantage in points off turnovers (18-15), second-chance points (16-15) and fast-break points (6-2).
McCoy finished with a game-high 24 points after going 14-of-14 at the free throw line. Junius Chaney added 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
FSU will wrap up its 2012-13 season on Saturday, Feb. 23 when it travels to take on the Saint Augustine's Falcons in Raleigh. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.