Dec. 30, 2012
Brevard, NC - Fayetteville State may not have had the start it wanted in its Sunday afternoon matchup against Brevard College. Trailing by as much as 13 late in the first half, the Broncos dominated the start of the second with a 20-4 run that would lead to a 69-67 victory for Fayetteville State (5-4 overall). Louis Craft (Jr., Fayetteville, NC) made 8-of-10 field goals for a season-best 18 points. Brevard (2-7 overall) led at halftime 43-31.
Anthony Shelton (So., Cary, NC) lit-up the second half with 5-of-12 from the floor and 4-of-8 three-pointers for a second-best 14 points. Craft followed with 12 of his own points for the half.
Brevard controlled the entire first half capitalizing on 14 points off turnovers and the Broncos shooting 11-of-29 (37.9 %) from the field and 1-of-6 (16.7%) from three-point land. The Tornados made 15-of-28 (53.6 %) in field goals and 8-of-13 (61.5%) in three-pointers.
Fayetteville State immediately improved its play for the second half. FSU made 61.5% of its shots (16-of-26) and 62.5% of its three-pointers (5-of-8).
The Broncos tied the game at the 14:02 mark (46-46) with a dunk by Sheldonte Fields (six points). Anthony Shelton hit his second three-pointer of the night at the 13:07 mark to cap a 20-4 run and give FSU a 51-47 lead. Craft and Shelton combined for 14 of the 20 points scored.
The Tornados would tie the game at 61 with a jumper by Manzey Miller; who finished with ten points. Dominique Pickett, who scored a total of 11 points, tied the game with 2:48 left and gave Brevard a one-point edge at 2:07 with back-to-back three pointers.
After a timeout and 1:48 left in the game, Shelton hit his fourth 3-pointers for the 69-67 lead.
Gerel Simmons led Brevard with a game-high 20 points and missed a heroic last-second attempt. On New Year's Day, the Tornados will host Erskine College at 7:00 pm.
(Jr., Raleigh, NC) finished with nine points and eight rebounds. Travis Marcus
(Jr., Washington, DC) and Paul Lane
(Jr., Atlanta, GA) both finished with eight points each.
The Broncos will travel to Murfreesboro, NC for a conference matchup against 5-3 Chowan University at 7:30 pm on January 3rd.