Broncos drop season opener to Concord, 83-78

Tyrrel Tate shoots a foul shot during a game last season
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - A late Concord run doomed any hope Fayetteville State had of starting the season 1-0.

The Broncos succumbed to a 10-5 Concord spurt over the final 3:25 and lost to the Mountain Lions, 83-78, in Winston-Salem at the Winston-Salem State University Invitational on Friday night.

Junior newcomer Torian Showers led the way for FSU, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in his first Division II basketball game. Senior guard Tyrrel Tate scored 19 points and dished out five assists. Paul Lane was also in double-figures with 10 points.

Fayetteville State shot 48.3 percent from the field for the game while limiting the Mountain Lions to a 44.6-percent clip. FSU trailed 21-13 early in the second half. But the Broncos made up that gap in 42 minutes, tying the game and setting the stage for a seesaw battle for most of the way.

Fayetteville State outscored Concord in the paint 26-16 in the game's first 20 minutes.

In the second half, the Broncos clawed out to a 48-45 lead. Concord then tied the game at 50-50 with 15:38 remaining.

The Broncos stretched their lead out to four at 61-57 with 11:29 to go, but once again the Mountain Lions countered. This time, they scored four in a row to tie things up with 9:20 to go. Concord eventually took a 68-63 lead with 7:40 to go.

That lead lasted about three and a half minutes. The Broncos grabbed a 72-71 lead with 4:17 left.

At 73-73, Concord tied it for the final time before pulling away to an 81-73 lead with 1:06 to go and outlasting one last Broncos rally. FSU cut it to 81-78 with 38 seconds left, but a Concord layup with seven seconds left spoiled the Broncos effort.

The Broncos are back at it on 6 p.m. Saturday in Winston-Salem against Notre Dame (OH).



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