JCSU Golden Bulls Edge Broncos in 68-58 Thriller

March 1, 2018

Final Stats

Charlotte, N.C. (February 28, 2018) – Fayetteville State University (8-21 overall) closes the book on their season despite an impressive game falling, 68-58, to the South’s No. 1 seed Johnson C. Smith University.

The Golden Bulls improved to 19-10 and will face the winner of the Bowie State /Livingstone contest Friday in the semi-finals at the Spectrum Center at 9:00 p.m.

A back-and-forth half between the teams saw, eight ties and lead changes. Johnson C. Smith outscored Fayetteville State 14-10 in points in the paint but was outscored in second-chance points (5-2), fast break points (2-0) and in bench points (16-5).

A three-pointer from Jeremiah Pope (Clinton, NC) at the 3:55 mark ignited an 11–2 run to close out the first half and give the Broncos a 32-28 advantage heading into halftime.

The Golden Bulls finished the half shooting 30.3 percent (10-of-33) from the floor, 20 percent (3-of-15) from downtown, and 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from the foul line.  Fayetteville State shot 38.5 percent (10-of-26) from the field, 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from behind the arc, and 77.8 (7-of-9) from the free throw line.

Coming out of intermission, Roddric Ross connected on a JCSU three-pointer at the 19:08 mark, tightening the game at 32-31, before taking its final lead 43-42 with 12:28 remaining the contest.

The Broncos closed out the game shooting 37.8 percent (17-of-45) from the floor, 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from downtown, and 64 percent (16-of-25) from the line.  Johnson C. Smith shot 38.3 percent (23-of-60) from the field, 25 percent (6-of-25) from behind the arc, and 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from the line.

 The Golden Bulls led by as much as 10 points in the second half and outscored the Broncos 32-16 in the paint, 19-8 in points off turnovers, and 4-2 in fast points. 

Ross led the way for JCSU with a game-high 23 points and six rebounds; while the CIAA Player of the Year Robert Davis added 16 in the victory. 



Willie Gilmore (Fayetteville, NC) was the leading scorer for Fayetteville State after contributing 17 points and seven boards in the effort. Josh Bryant (Fayetteville, NC) chipped in 14 while Denzell Hosch (Shelby, NC) added 13; rounding out all scorers in double-figures, respectively.

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