Dec. 17, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - A Juwan Addison steal in the game's final seconds propelled Fayetteville State to an 84-81 win over Virginia Union in a nonconference tilt at Felton J. Capel Arena on Tuesday night.
The victory is the third in a row for the Broncos, who find themselves at 6-3 with just a game at Barber-Scotia on Saturday separating them from Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference play. It snapped an eight-game Panthers streak in head-to head match-ups.
Despite shooting just 4-of-25 from beyond the arc, FSU eclipsed the 80-point mark for the sixth time this season.
"We like to have some balance," Broncos coach Alphonza Kee said. "I was actually proud we shot the ball poorly ... and still have a win."
The Broncos took a 42-33 lead into the locker room at the half, but a 12-0 Panthers run after intermission erased FSU's advantage. From there, it was a back-and-forth affair, with FSU getting ahead and VUU hitting buckets to narrow the gap.
FSU pushed its lead back up to 73-67 at the 5:56 mark, but a 7-0 Panthers spurt gave VUU the lead and set up for a memorable conclusion. Quentin Underwood hit a free throw to tie the game, and then Tate made a layup to give FSU the lead. Craft, who finished 6-of-6 from the floor, followed with a dunk to make it 78-74 at the 3:03 mark.
The Panthers got a rare 3-pointer from Michael Wynn at the 2:42 mark to creep within one, then an Avery Jirmnson layup gave VUU the lead.
Travis Marcus made a layup to give FSU an 82-81 advantage with 1:24 left, then Dawson nailed two free throws with 14 seconds left to go.
On the game's final play, Addison - seeing his first action of the season - swiped the ball from a Panthers guard to preserve the win.
"I told (Travis Marcus) to get on the opposite side," Addison said. "(The VUU player) already told me he was going to go backcourt because he asked the ref if he could go backcourt. So, from there, I knew he was going to throw it back. Once I saw that, I tried to get a little tip. I saw him bobble it a little bit, so I just went for the ball. It was loose and I got it.
"When the game's on the line, I don't care what I have to do to get it. I'm going to get it."
FSU plays its last game of the calendar year at Barber-Scotia at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
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