Nov. 18, 2008
Fayetteville, NC - The Broncos held on for an 87-84 victory over Virginia State University Tuesday night inside Capel Arena. FSU improves to 3-0 overall with the win in the home opener.
This was a tightly contested game throughout. Fayetteville State was ahead slightly at halftime, 36-33. The Broncos shot 43.8% (14-of-32) from the field in the first half compared to 34.6% (9-of-26) for VSU. Senior center James Wooten led the charge in the first period with seven points and five boards (four defensive).
The Trojans continued to fight in the second half and eventually took the lead. Almost four minutes into the second frame, VSU guard Ricardo Lipscomb drilled a three-pointer to bring the Trojans within one (43-42). Terrell Crockett forced a turnover and hit a jumper on the offensive end to put Virginia State up 44-43.
Junior forward Jason Thompson scored seven consecutive points for the Broncos following the lead change. Fayetteville State maintained a slim advantage for the remainder of the second half. Thompson brought everyone in the crowd to their feet with a tomahawk slam over two VSU defenders to put the Broncos ahead 80-70 with 3:05 left to play.
However, things became very interesting around the 1:35 mark. Fayetteville State led 82-76 when VSU guard Harvey Mills dialed up a long distance three-pointer from the right side to bring his team within three (82-79). Junior forward Davon Hood was fouled and sent to the line to shoot two. Hood would make the first, but miss the second and FSU was up just four.
With under a minute remaining, Trey Mines hit another key three-pointer for the Trojan to cut FSU's advantage to just one (83-82). After missing two free throws, the Broncos relinquished the lead off a Lipscomb jumper that put VSU ahead 84-83 with 26 seconds left. Thompson drove the length of the court straight to the hoop to retake the lead for FSU.
The Trojans did not score on offense and Thompson was fouled and sent to the line. The 6'6, Sanford, NC native put the team on his back again by sinking both foul shots. Mills shot a three at the end to tie, but it fell off target as time expired.
With the victory, FSU is now 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the CIAA. Virginia State drops to 1-1 overall early and lose their first conference contest.
Thompson finished with a team-high 19 points and six rebounds (all defensive). Senior guard Darshawn Johnson dropped 17 points and pulled six boards in the FSU win. Wooten fouled out early in the second half, but left with 12 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard De'Shaune Griffin, who dictated the pace of the Broncos' offense, had 10 points, three boards, and two assists.
VSU had four end the game with double figures in the point's column. Lipscomb had a game-high 20 points and five assists, while teammate Brandon Macklin put up 14 points and sag seven rebounds for the Trojans.
Fayetteville State returns to action on Saturday, November 22nd when they host Bowie State University. Tip-off for this CIAA contest is scheduled for 7:30 pm inside Capel Arena.