Nov. 27, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Fayetteville State guard Anthony Shelton was one of four players to score in double figures on Tuesday evening as the Broncos stepped back into the win column with an 82-68 victory against the Virginia-Lynchburg Dragons at Felton J. Capel Arena. The sophomore from Cary, NC finished with a game-high 21 points, and shot 7-of-13 from the field and 5-of-7 behind the three-point line in 26 minutes of action.
Fayetteville State improves to 2-4 on the season, while the Dragons fall to 4-6. The Broncos will now take the next 13 days off before traveling to Concord, NC to face the Barber-Scotia Sabers on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. FSU defeated Barber-Scotia 83-63 in its season-opener on Nov. 9 in Fayetteville.
Louis Craft (Jr., Fayetteville, NC), Juwan Addison (Fr., Fairmont, NC) and Andre Best (Sr., Raleigh, NC) were the other three Broncos to score double-digit points against Virginia-Lynchburg. Craft finished with a season-high 16 points, Addison contributed a career-high 14 points and Best added 10.
Virginia-Lynchburg had three players score in double figures led by Dennis Gravely’s 16 points. Egor Shakhmetov and Dmitry Zimin also tallied 10 points each.
Fayetteville State trailed by five points in the opening minutes at 11-6 before picking up its intensity on defense as it held the Dragons without a basket for over six minutes. During that stretch, the Broncos went on a 21-0 run after a fast break layup by Addison. A three-pointer by Shelton with two seconds left capped off an opening half in which FSU shot 54.5% from the field and 41.7% behind the three-point line. Fayetteville State held a 48-27 lead at intermission. Shelton recorded a team-best 14 points in the first half.
The Broncos didn’t let up off the gas to open the second half as they extended their lead to a game-high 31 points at the 11:51 mark on a three-pointer by Best. Virginia-Lynchburg fought back after the basket and went on an 18-3 run over the next six minutes and 23 seconds. Fayetteville State managed just one basket and one free throw, both by Craft, during the run. The Dragons trailed by 12 points with 3:47 left in the game after a free-throw by Justin Wilson. FSU would close the game out by making five of its final eight free-throws to seal the victory.
Fayetteville State dominated in almost every aspect against Virginia-Lynchburg. The Broncos led 34-26 in points in the paint and turned 23 Dragon turnovers into 24 points. They managed 17 second-chance points and 12 fast-break points. FSU's bench also outscored Virginia-Lynchburg 31-23.
The Broncos finished the game with a 46.8% (29-of-62) clip from the field and was 10-of-21 from three-point land. The Dragons went 23-of-59 (39%) from the field and 7-of-19 (36.8%) beyond the three-point arc.