Feb. 23, 2013
RALEIGH, NC - Tyrrel Tate's jumper, with 5.1 seconds remaining in overtime, gave the Fayetteville State Broncos a 59-57 victory against Saint Augustine's in the season finale on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos will head into the CIAA Tournament next week with confidence after capturing the hard-fought win over the Falcons. Lenton Donnell (Sr., Wilmington, NC) led FSU for the second straight game with 13 points.
Tate, who was voted to the All-CIAA Men's Basketball Team on Thursday, scored only eight points in the contest; but made the most important shot when it counted. Donnell scored all 13 from behind the three-point line. Louis Craft (Jr., Fayetteville, NC) and Anthony Shelton (So., Cary, NC) added ten points each.
Fayetteville State (9-16 overall, 4-12 conference, 1-9 division) held a 30-22 advantage at halftime. Saint Augustine's (15-11, 8-8, 5-5) struggled offensively going 6-of-32 (18.8%) from the field and converting on just 2-of-16 three-point attempts. Donnell made three 3-pointers to finish the half with nine points.
The first half featured six lead changes and three ties. Fayetteville State scored the game's first four points and stretched its lead to five (12-7) at the 13:57 mark. Donnell would give FSU an eight point lead after his third three-pointer of the half; but the Falcons responded to take a 19-18 lead. The Broncos ended the half on a 12-3 run to head into the locker room ahead by eight.
Percy Woods and Nick Chamblee teamed up to start the second half and put the Falcons within one (32-31) after making three consecutive three-pointers. Neither team led by more than five throughout the half. The second half saw the lead change hands five more times including three in the final 2:01. Craft gave the Broncos a 52-50 lead but the Falcons answered on a layup with 17 seconds left. Shelton's last-second three-point attempt came up short and sent the game into overtime.
Fayetteville State's defense stepped up in overtime; holding Saint Augustine's to five free-throws while Tate recorded the period's only two baskets.
The Broncos finished the game with a 34.5 percent (19-of-55) shooting percentage while the Falcons connected on 17-of-71 attempts (23.9%). Fayetteville State made 15-of-20 free-throws (75.0%) and Saint Augustine's went 18-of-35 (51.4%) at the line. FSU led in points in the paint (20-14), points off turnovers (26-11) and fast-break points (6-0).
Woods scored a game-high 14 points for the Falcons while Joel Kindred added 13 off the bench. Chris Johnson tallied 11 points.
Fayetteville State will be the Southern Division's sixth-seed in next week's CIAA Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. The Broncos will play the Northern Division's fifth-seed Virginia State on Tuesday. The game time will be determined on Sunday.