Jan. 1, 2014
Chowan Opening Tip
Date | Time: Thursday, Jan. 2 | 7:30 p.m.
Venue (Location/Capacity): Felton J. Capel Arena (Fayetteville, NC/5,000)
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FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville State men’s basketball team eyes to start both the new year and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference play with a victory on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. against the visiting Chowan Hawks. The Broncos are currently in the middle of a four-game game winning streak and topped Barber-Scotia, 75-53, their last time out. It’s the first game of a three-game conference homestand. The Broncos host Virginia State at 4 p.m. on Saturday before playing Elizabeth City State at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.
Scoring was not a problem for Fayetteville State in its 75-53 win against Barber-Scotia on Dec. 21. Eleven of the 12 players who played scored.
Despite finishing with just five points, Tyrrel Tate is still seventh in the CIAA in scoring at 17.6 points per game.
The Broncos enter the contest with a 7-3 overall record, one of five teams in the conference with seven wins at this point in the season.
Five FSU players are averaging at least nine points per game, led by Tate. Torian Showers (12.6 ppg) and Joshua Dawson (10.0 ppg) are averaging double-figures, while Haggie (9.1) and Shelton (9.0) provide near double-figure production off the bench.
FSU is first in the CIAA in 3-point percentage (38.8 percent), third in scoring (85.0 ppg), second in made 3-pointers per game (6.9) and third in steals per game (8.5)
The Broncos are in their 71st season of competition and boast an 849-948 all-time record and 396-461 record in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. FSU's lone conference tournament championship came during the 1972-73 campaign. The Broncos played in six tournament championship games.
Fayetteville State’s defense limited Barber-Scotia to 32.1-percent shooting and forced 26 Saber turnovers.
Barber-Scotia led briefly in the first half, by as much as five, but a cold spell did in any hopes it had of competing with a hungry Broncos team. FSU led by as many as 37.
Chowan Scouting Report
The Hawks are under the direction of second-year head coach Brett Vincent. Vincent currently holds an 11-24 all-time record with the program, including a 4-4 mark this season.
Four Hawks average double-figure scoring, including Phoenix Butler-Poole, who is averaging 17.5 points per contest. In Butler-Poole and Ashante Ross (16.8 ppg), the Hawks possess one of the conference’s best one-two punches offensively.
That being said, Chowan ranks just eighth in the conference in scoring, at 74.0 points per game. The Hawks strength is ball control. They’ve turned the ball over just 12.8 times per game, the second-fewest total in the conference.
All-Time Series With Chowan
The contest will be the sixth all-time between Fayetteville State and Chowan dating back to 2010.
FSU leads the all-time series 3-2 and has won the last three games head-to head.
The Broncos won last year’s meeting, an 81-75 overtime affair at Chowan. Louis Craft scored five of his team-high 19 points in the extra session and Tate had a key 3-pointer to fight off the pesky Hawks, who overcame a four-point deficit with 39 seconds to play in regulation and hit a game-tying 3-pointer with one second to go in the second half.
Fayetteville State hosts Virginia State at 4 p.m. Saturday and Elizabeth City State at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.
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