Dec. 7, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - In what Fayetteville State coach Alphonza Kee called perhaps the most complete game his team has played this season, the Broncos rolled to a 95-64 win against Brevard College at Felton J. Capel Arena.
FSU (5-3) shot 54 percent from the field, buried 13 3-pointers and limited the Tornados to 32 percent shooting from the field and 31 percent shooting from behind the arc. Tyrrel Tate scored 23 points, Anthony Shelton had 18 off the bench, Joshua Dawson had 11 assists and Paul Lane had eight rebounds.
It was Dawson's third straight regular season contest with at least 10 assists.
In short, the Broncos produced everywhere and got that production from multiple sources.
"I think the word is complete," Kee said. "We came out of the gate and got ebb and flow. We scored the ball, we went up 18 points or 19 points and put a whole game together."
The performance wouldn't be truly complete without a play for the highlight reel, and Dawson and Quentin Underwood provided one late in the second half. Dawson, at that point seeking his 10th assist of the night, saw Underwood streaking toward the basket and fed him a pass that the junior caught seemingly around his wrist and brought up to the rim for a one-handed jam.
"Josh has good court vision, he sees everything," Tate said. "Everybody knows Q can jump. Josh saw him go backdoor and just threw it up. It didn't look like he was going to be able to go get it, but you never know with him when he jumps."
Underwood was one of 13 Broncos to take the court. Each of them found the score sheet. The Broncos outrebounded Brevard, 46-33, and never trailed in the contest. FSU outscored the Tornados 32-16 in the paint, 21-12 on second-chance opportunities and 8-4 in transition.
Tate started off both halves with points to establish momentum. In the first, the senior hit the game's first basket, a 3-pointer. After Brevard evened it up, Tate got a 3-point play to stretch the lead back to six. The Tornados never tied the score again. The last time they were within single-digits was at 22-13 with 11:13 to play until halftime.
Coming out of the locker room with a 49-28 halftime lead, Tate didn't let Brevard cut it any closer to start the new period. He scored the first five points of the frame to stretch the gap back out to 26.
"It was very important," Tate said. "You can't come out sluggish. When you have teams down, you have to put your foot on them and you can't let them back in the game because once they come back they feel like they have a chance. You have to close them when you have the chance."
Tate actually scored his team's first eight second-half points. After Darius Moose hit a pair of free throws, Tate hit another 3-pointer to make it 57-30.
Brevard cut it to 73-54 with 7:53 to play, but never got closer the rest of the way. The lead ballooned to 30 at 88-58 on an Underwood layup and 34 soon after on a Gatluak Theip free throw.
FSU is now off for final exams until a nonconference home game with Virginia Union on December 17.