Nov. 25, 2008
Fayetteville, NC - The Broncos earn an overtime 75-74 conference victory over Virginia Union University Tuesday night inside Capel Arena. FSU improves to 4-1 in the overall standings and 2-1 in the CIAA.
The first half was very tightly contested. There were nine lead changes and seven ties. The Broncos shot 56% in the first half (14-of-25) and converted on six of eight from the free throw line.
With the game knotted up at 32, VUU guard Brandon Byerson sent a three pointer through the nets to put his team ahead with a 1:50 remaining before halftime. The Panthers would maintain their advantage and eventually stretch it to a seven point lead off a three-pointer by guard Braxton Byerson.
Fayetteville State started the second half trailing 42-35. The second period was just as competitive as the initial. FSU was behind 69-65 with less than two minutes left to play. Sophomore guard Ariel Robinson hit a clinch three to draw the Broncos within one.
On FSU's next offensive possession, a pass from senior guard Jarrick Jones to junior forward Davon Hood resulted in a costly turnover. The Broncos would be forced to foul sending Brandon Byerson to the free throw line to shoot two. Byerson missed the first, but connected with the second attempt to put VUU up 70-68 with 28 seconds remaining.
Junior forward Jason Thompson would not be denied as he drove inside to tie the game at 70 with just eight seconds left on the clock. The Panthers were off target with an alley-hoop attempt and contest would go to an extra period.
In overtime, few points were scored by either team. Fayetteville State trailed 74-73, when Jones redeemed himself from the earlier turnover with a 16-foot jumper with 1:12 remaining. The shot would be the last basket scored. VUU misfired on their final two offensive possession and the Broncos were victorious.
Robinson finished with a game-high 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting for Fayetteville State. Thompson added 18 points and three rebounds.
Both Brandon and Braxton Byerson had 21 points for the Panthers. VUU guard Branden McDonald contributed with 12 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Virginia Union drops to 1-1 overall losing their first conference match-up.
The Broncos return to action on Saturday, November 29th when they travel to Raleigh, NC to take on Saint Augustine's College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm from Emery Gymnasium.