Nov. 16, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. - After scoring 97 points but failing to capture a victory in a 101-97 overtime contest against the host Paine College on Friday night, Fayetteville State rallied to top Albany State, 78-70 in Augusta, Ga., on Saturday afternoon.
The two results bring FSU's record to 3-2.
In the Saturday contest, the Broncos led for the last 36 minutes of play and held on for victory. Three FSU players finished in double figures. Anthony Shelton led the way offensively with 18 points, Timothy Haggie had 15 and Travis Marcus finished with 14 and five rebounds.
FSU shot 53.2 percent for the game (25 for 47) and was eight of 16 from beyond the arc. The Broncos forced 25 Albany State turnovers.
Unlike the Friday game, when Paine passed the century mark, the FSU defense was on point from the get go against Albany State. At the 13-minute mark of the first half, the Golden Rams were still stuck at three points and the Broncos had a 13-3 lead.
Albany State cut the gap to 21-19 with 6:22 in the first half on a Demetri Wheeler layup, but the Broncos' margin would never get closer. FSU stretched its lead to 28-21 on a Shelton 3-pointer with 5:01 left, and took a 38-31 lead into intermission.
The Broncos outscored the Golden Rams 16-4 in the paint and 16-1 off turnovers in the game's first 20 minutes.
After intermission, FSU stretched the gap to 13 points at 55-42 not even five minutes into the period. The lead was double-digits for most of the way from then on until a pair of Eric Martin free throws cut it to 73-64 with 1:40 to play. A Larry Bullock 3-pointer made it 73-67 with 1:15 to go, but Marcus, Joshua Dawson and Tyrrel Tate hit five of six free throws to ensure the victory.
The day before, FSU shot 47.8 percent from the field. Unfortunately for the Broncos, the offense stalled in the overtime period, when they shot just two of nine from the field to drop their second contest of the season.
Tate scored a game-high 28 points. Haggie (14), Shelton (11), Torian Showers (10) and Dawson (10) each had double-figures, as well. Showers had a game-high nine rebounds.
The contest was played within a 22-point margin. The Broncos led by as much as 12 points at 4:28 of the first half. Paine's biggest lead was 10 with 45 seconds to play in overtime.
FSU scored the game's first four points and didn't trail for the first time until it was 18-17 with 12:19 to play in the first half. Down 27-26 with 8:23 left in the first period, the Broncos scored 13 straight points to gain a 39-27 advantage. Paine rallied a bit before the break, and it was 48-45 at intermission.
After the break, the teams traded buckets until Paine took a 63-62 lead on a Kedric Taylor 3-point play with 12:58 to play. The Lions lead grew to 67-62, but Haggie and Showers made shots to ensure things wouldn't get out of hand.
Tate tied the game at 71 apiece on a foul shot with 7:37 left.
The teams traded baskets for the next few minutes. Shelton hit a layup with 3:29 left to cut the Lions' lead to 81-80, then Tate made a layup to give the Broncos an 82-81 lead with 2:54 to play. Taylor and Sean Morgan hit layups for Paine, which took an 85-82 with 1:35 left.
Tate drew a foul and made a pair of free throws with nine seconds left to even the game at 86-86 and Taylor's last-second 3-pointer attempt was no good, sending the game to an extra period.
FSU never led in overtime. Kenny Fluellen kicked off the Lions' offense with a 3-pointer with 4:28 left. Darius Smith, Taylor and Alfonso Davis piled on, and it was 95-87 with 1:47 left. The lead was 100-90 with 45 seconds left.
The Broncos went on a 7-1 run to close the game, but it wasn't enough.
FSU's next contest is at home against UNC Pembroke on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Braves are 4-0 this season.