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Jan. 9, 2013

Lincoln (PA) Game Day Information
Date | Time: 
Thursday, Jan. 10 | 7:30 p.m.

Venue (Location/Capacity):  Felton J. Capel Arena (Fayetteville, NC/5,000)
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The Fayetteville State men’s basketball team hosts the Lincoln (PA) Lions on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the first of three straight home contests. The Broncos return to Felton J. Capel Arena after spending the last six games on the road. FSU last played at home on Nov. 27 against Virginia-Lynchburg.

Bronco Storylines
Fayetteville State (7-5, 2-1) last played at home on Nov. 27 when it defeated the Virginia-Lynchburg Dragons 82-68. Since then, the Broncos have played the last six games on road going 5-1 in the process. The victory over the Dragons sparked a season-long five-game winning streak with victories over Virginia-Lynchburg, Barber-Scotia, Brevard and Chowan.

FSU has opened CIAA play with a 2-1 record including wins over Chowan and Elizabeth City State by six points or less. The Broncos defeated Chowan 81-75 in overtime in their conference opener and recorded a 66-63 victory at Elizabeth City State in their last contest.

Tyrrel Tate (Jr., Raleigh, NC) recorded his second double-double of the season at Elizabeth City State on a career-high 30 points and 10 rebounds. His 20 second-half points pace the Fayetteville State offense and finished the game 10-of-18 shooting and 8-of-11 at the free-throw line. Andre Best (Sr. Raleigh, NC) added 12 points in the effort.

Fayetteville State is shooting 43% as a team this season while opponents are being held to a 40% clip. The Broncos are 10th in the league in scoring offense with 70.0 points per game and eighth in scoring defense holding opponents to 69.2 points. In conference games only, FSU is eighth in scoring offense and sixth in scoring defense.

The Broncos are in their 70th season of competition and boast an 840-934 all-time record and 394-450 record in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Fayetteville State’s lone conference tournament championship came during the 1972-73 campaign and have played in six tournament championship games.

Elizabeth City State Recap
Tate recorded his second double-double of 2012-13 with 30 points and 10 rebounds to help guide Fayetteville State to a 66-63 triumph over Elizabeth City State. Best contributed 14 points as the Broncos went 20-of-31 from the free-throw line. ECSU attempted just 18 free throws and were successful on eight of them.

FSU shot 58.3% (14-of-24) as a team in the second half and finished with a 36.8% (21-of-57) shooting mark.

Fayetteville State was triumphant in Elizabeth City for the first time since a 71-67 victory on Jan. 19, 2008.

Scouting The Lincoln (PA) Lions
Lincoln (PA) heads to Fayetteville with an 8-4 overall record and 1-2 record in the conference. The Lions are led by third-year head coach John Hill. He is 23-45 with the program and 106-135 in nine seasons as a head coach.

The Lions are led on offense by Kenny Sharpe with 17.3 points per game. Sharpe is one of four players to average in double-figures followed by George Jackson (14.0), Will Cole (11.3) and Derrick Washington (10.3). Lincoln (PA) is shooting 42% from the field and 74% at the free-throw line.

Lincoln (PA) ranks ninth in the conference in scoring offense at 70.3 points per game and fourth in scoring defense giving up 66.2 points. In conference games, the Lions are fifth in scoring offense and eighth in scoring defense.

All-Time Series With Lincoln (PA)
The all-time series with Lincoln (PA) is tied 4-4 dating back to the 1937-38 season. The Lions won the first-ever meeting 55-25 and edged the Broncos in the last get-together 78-75 in Lincoln, PA on Jan. 12, 2012. Fayetteville State cruised to a 15-point victory (74-59) over Lincoln (PA) in the last meeting at Felton J. Capel Arena on Jan. 13, 2011.

The Broncos are unbeaten (3-0) against the Lions when playing in Fayetteville.

Up Next
The Broncos host the Virginia Union Panthers on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The Last Meeting
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Lincoln (Pa.)78(OT)
January 12, 2012
Lincoln, PA
For the second game in a row, a Fayetteville State player beat the final buzzer. Unfortunately for Tim Plummer and the Broncos, this one only tied the game at the end of regulation. Plummer buried a 3 with 2 seconds remaining the knot the game at 65 and send it into overtime, but Denzel Mooney and the Lincoln Lions prevailed 78-75 on Thursday night.



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