Nov. 16, 2012
MOUNT OLIVE, NC - The Broncos played opening act at the 47th Annual Mount Olive Pickle Classic but failed 55-51 to Lenoir-Rhyne. Tyrrel Tate and Louis Craft both scored 11 points to lead FSU. Lenoir-Rhyne (3-0) scored 25 points from 25 turnovers and made 20-of-27 free throws. Fayetteville State (1-2 overall) trailed by one at halftime 22-21.
Both teams faced shooting challenges in the first half. Fayetteville State shot 5-of-18 (27.8%) in field goals and missed all six three-pointers. The Broncos had a better performance at the free throw line making 11-of-12. Lenoir-Rhyne shot 27.3% from the field (6-of-22), made three of ten three-pointers and netted seven of ten free throws. The Bears also converted 14 points from FSU's 16 turnovers.
Louis Craft, a senior from Fayetteville, was one of three individuals who had the highest points of the first half, six points. Craft made both of his field goals in the paint and two-of-three free throws. Sheldonte Fields (Sr., New Bern, NC) also had six points as he was perfect from the line making all six.
FSU improved its shooting percentage in the second half making 10-of-24 (41.7%) attempts. The improvement helped the Broncos create a 10-point cushion in the second half with 16:08 remaining. Unfortunately the Bears continued to capitalize on turnovers and the free attempts at the charity stripe. The Bears transitioned nine turnovers into 11 points. LRC made 13-of-17 free throw attempts in the half that would help Lenoir-Rhyne comeback and pull away by four in the final minute of the game.
Tyrrel Tate (Jr., Raleigh, NC) and Anthony Shelton (So., Cary, NC) became contributors in the second half. Tate added nine to his first half two points. Shelton, who was pointless in the first half, scored nine. Louis Craft chipped in five for his 11-point total.
R.J. McClure, of the Bears, led the game with 16 points. All of his field goals (3-of-8) came from beyond the arc. He also made seven of eight free throws. Denzel Dillingham scored in double figures with a dozen points.
Fayetteville State will face host Mount Olive College tomorrow night at 7:30 pm.