CHARLOTTE, NC- The Virginia State Trojans live to see another day after defeating the Fayetteville State Broncos 75-65 on Tuesday evening in the Time Warner Cable Arena.
Anthony Shelton (Cary, NC) led the way for the Broncos with 12 points. Tyrrel Tate (Raleigh, NC) surpassed the 1,000-point Plateau with nine points scored. He entered the game needing five; and reached the mark with the first of two free throws with 19:04 left in the second half. At the end of Tate's junior season with FSU, he now has 1,004 points.
Virginia State University, the #5 seed out of the Northern Division trailed 34-26 at halftime against Fayetteville State University, the #6 team out of the South before eventually defeating the Broncos 75-65.
Fayetteville State Head Coach Alphonza Kee stated, "It was a good win for Virginia State and a battle for 40 minutes. We started out very slow and started playing Bronco basketball. We didn't shoot the ball well from the free-throw line. We did some good things by forcing them into 21 turnovers. We just didn't make the plays."
Turnovers in the first half proved costly for the Trojans, as Virginia State allowed Fayetteville State to score 13 points off turnovers, and 11 second chance points.
John Holleman opened the game with a jumper to get the Trojans on the board first in the contest. While the Broncos were able to take advantage of a free throw at the 17:49 mark, the Trojans held on to the momentum to pull ahead 10-1 six minutes into the game.
Fayetteville State battled back with a 9-2 run to make the score 12-10; to move within two points of Virginia State after two made free throw from Tyrrel Tate. A three pointer from James Vann for the Trojans shifted the momentum back to Virginia State and sparked a 10-0 run to make the score 20-10 at the 11:07 mark.
The Broncos clawed their way back from the deficit using a spread offensive attack sparked by a lay-up from Travis Marcus to tie the game 25-25 with 3:32 left in the half. Fayetteville State held on to the momentum, closing out the half with an 8-1 run to grab the 34-26 lead over the Trojans heading into the locker room at halftime.
Virginia State struck first after halftime with a lay-up from Christopher Grier, who completed the three-point play after a Fayetteville State foul. A Trojan foul allowed Fayetteville State's Tyrrell Take to score his 1000th career point for the Broncos, making the score 35-29.
The Broncos grinded out a 13-2 run over the next three minutes of play to extend their lead to 48-31 after a lay-up from Devin Thompson. Virginia State responded with a run of their own capped by a basket from Christopher Grier to pull within three of the Broncos. With the score 48-45 at the 13:48 mark, Lenton Donnell hit a three pointer for Fayetteville to make the score 51-45.
The Trojans pushed their way back into the driver's seat after Allen Harris' basket with 8:54 left in the game tied the contest 51-51. The Broncos tied the game twice before Virginia State pulled ahead for good after Allen Harris' jumper gave the Trojans a 58-56 lead with 7:15 left in the game.
Virginia State took the driver's seat for good after that point, continually adding to their lead before closing out the game with the 75-65 victory.
Darryl Jacobs, Head Coach at Virginia State noted, "Tonight's game truly was a tale of two halves. I told the men in the locker room today, `There is no tomorrow unless we take care of today.' They really persevered and worked through adversity to get the win."
Allen Harris led all scorers in the contest with 21 points in the win for Virginia State. Christopher Grier added 16 points in the victory.
The Trojans advance to take on St. Augustine's University on Wednesday. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 pm.