Dec. 14, 2012
LYNCHBURG,VA - Fayetteville State will head into the Christmas break with a jolly feeling after defeating Virginia University of Lynchburg 68-61 at the Lynchburg City Armory.
Tyrrel Tate pounded 17 points in the second half to finish with 22. Travis Marcus chipped in a dozen.
The Broncos (4-4 overall) trailed at halftime 29-25. Both teams shot 32.3% from the floor but FSU converted 23 of 28 free throws (82.1%) for the deciding advantage.
Virginia-Lynchburg (7-10 overall) was led by Christopher Calvan who led the game with 29 points. Calvan was the only Dragon to score in double-figures. VUL shot 41.9% from the floor in the first half and 23.5% in the second.
The Dragons jumped to an early seven-point lead in the first half. The Broncos were at a challenge, in the confines of the recreational gymnasium, making 9-of-38 in field goals (23.7%). Fayetteville State remained in close proximity with a perfect effort from the charity stripe (6-of-6). A three-pointer by Tyrrel Tate with 18 seconds left in the half proved to be the momentum swing FSU was looking for.
After intermission, Fayetteville State managed control of the lead (39-38) with 12:47 remaining in the game. Tate led the 12-7 swing with half of the points. The Broncos continued to run in the following two-minute span for a 45-40 lead (8-2 run). Four of the points were made from the free-throw line.
Virginia-Lynchburg made a comeback of its own; shutting down FSU with a 9-4 run and tying the game at 49 with 8:24 left.
FSU bounced back with an 11-3 run from Tate's nine point tear through the Dragons during a four minute frame. Tate connected on all four of his second half free-throws, pulled off a fast break layup and nailed a three-pointer for nine of the run's points.
Sporting an eight-point lead, the Broncos managed its opportunities at the line for the seven-point victory. FSU made six-of eight in the final two minutes.
(Cary, NC) finished with nine points along with Juwan Addison
(Fairmont, NC). Addison was proficient with seven perfect free-throws.
Fayetteville State will enjoy the Holiday break and return to action on December 30 with a trip to Brevard College.