Dec. 1, 2007
Wingate, NC - Fayetteville State University senior guard Phillippe Harris caught the "hot hand" in the second half of the Broncos' match-up against St. Edward's University (TX); but FSU dropped the first game of the 2007 OrthoCarolina Classic, hosted by Wingate University Friday afternoon, 83-72.
St. Edward's came out firing and made seven three-pointers (7-of-15) before halftime. The Hilltoppers had five players finished with double digit point totals. FSU struggled from the field in the first half, shooting 33.3% (7-of-21). The combination of successful three-point shooting from St. Edward's and the Broncos low shooting percentage led to a 43-22 halftime score.
Coach Sam Hanger rallied his players and they came out swinging in the second half. By the 14:49 mark, FSU cut the lead to 14 after Harris hit his fourth three-pointer of the half. Sophomore forward Davon Hood hit a jumper off an assist from senior Jamel Austin to bring the Broncos within eight points of St. Edward's (60-52) with 9:27 left to play.
SEU responded with two threes' and a jumper to push the lead back up to 16. Fayetteville State was unable to cut the deficit below eight and the Hilltoppers would hold on to get the win.
Despite the loss, Harris finished with a season and game high 28 points, shooting 71.4% (5-of-7) from behind the arc. Austin turned in 15 points, four assists, and two rebounds, while junior guard Andy Gebru concluded the contest with 10 points, two steals, and two rebounds.
Freshman guard Corey Staley, came off the bench in the first half and provided a quick spark for the Broncos; he finished with five points, two steals, and two rebounds in his FSU debut.
With the victory, St. Edward's improves to 4-1 overall. The Broncos drop to 0-3 for the season. Fayetteville State returns to the court Saturday afternoon in day two of OrthoCarolina Classic to face The Cougars of Caldwell College at 6 pm in Cuddy Arena on the campus of Wingate University.