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Jan. 11, 2013

Virginia Union Opening Tip
Date | Time:
Saturday, Jan. 12 | 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 will look for its eighth victory in the last nine games on Saturday evening as it entertains the Virginia Union Panthers at 7:30 p.m. in Felton J. Capel Arena. The Broncos are also aiming for their fourth win of the season in conference play after defeating the Lincoln (PA) Lions 66-55 on Thursday evening. FSU will be playing its second of three-straight home games.



The Last Meeting
Fayetteville State65
Virginia Union76
January 19, 2012
Richmond, VA
Damion Harris had 18 points and 11 rebounds to pace Virginia Union to a 76-65 victory over Fayetteville State on Thursday night at Barco-Stevens Hall. After an 11-2 run Fayetteville State run brought the Broncos within one point, 51-50, with 10:38 to go, Harris made two critical baskets on a dunk and tough leaner to spark a 13-4 Virginia Union spurt. That run proved to be enough for the Panthers (10-10, 4-3), who took a 64-54 lead with 5:00 to go. Fayetteville State (4-8, 2-3) could get no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Bronco Storylines
Fayetteville State outscored Lincoln (PA) 46-29 in the second half on Thursday night en route to a 66-55 victory. The Broncos trailed by six (26-20) at halftime but shot 53.6% in the second half and were 4-of-8 (50%) behind the three-point line.

Louis Craft (Jr., Fayetteville, NC) turned in a career performance against the Lions with 20 points and 15 rebounds (12 defensive) on 9-of-11 shooting. He was one of three Fayetteville State players to score in double-figures as Tyrrel Tate (Jr., Raleigh, NC) recorded 15 second-half points while Anthony Shelton (So., Cary, NC) added 12.

FSU out-rebounded Lincoln (PA) 40-31 in a contest highlighted by eight lead changes. The Broncos shot 42.9% from the field and 70.6% at the charity stripe.

Tate leads Fayetteville State in scoring with 15.2 points per game and 6.8 rebounds this season. Shelton (14.8) and Craft (10.0) are also averaging double-digit points per game. Tate and Shelton rank 10th and 11th, respectively, in the CIAA in scoring offense. Tate is 11th in rebounds per game and is followed by Craft. Craft ranks fifth in shooting percentage while Shelton is second in three-point field goal percentage.

The Broncos are ninth in the conference in scoring offense at 69.7 points per game and seventh in scoring defense giving up 68.2 points per contest. In conference games only, FSU is tied for eighth in scoring offense and third in scoring defense.

Fayetteville State is in its 70th season of competition and boast an 841-934 all-time record and 395-450 record in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. FSU’s lone conference tournament championship came during the 1972-73 campaign and has played in six tournament championship games.

Lincoln (PA) Recap
Craft tallied his first double-double of the season with 20 points and 15 rebounds in the Broncos’ 66-55 win over Lincoln (PA). Tate chipped in 15 points, all in the second half, while Shelton posted 12 on 4-of-6 shooting behind the three-point arc.

Fayetteville State led for a majority of the opening half but trailed by six (26-20) at intermission. The Broncos took control of the second half outscoring the Lions 46-29 to win by 11 points. FSU made all 12 of its free-throw attempts in the second half and out-rebounded Lincoln (PA) by nine (40-31).

Virginia Union Scouting Report
The Panthers are led by second-year head coach Luqman Jaaber and enter the weekend matchup 2-9 overall and 0-4 in conference action. Virginia Union ranks 11th in the conference in scoring offense (66.4) and ninth in scoring defense (72.6). In conference games only, the Panthers are tied for 10th in scoring offense and 11th in scoring defense.

Damion Harris leads the Panthers on offense with 14.4 points per game and is the only VUU player averaging in double-figures. Virginia Union is shooting 41.5% from the field and 55.2% at the free-throw line.

All-Time Series With Virginia Union
Virginia Union leads the all-time series over Fayetteville State 39-12 dating back to the 1971-72 season. The Panthers were victorious in Richmond, VA last season 76-65 (Jan. 19) and 88-72 in Fayetteville on Dec. 12, 2011.

Up Next
The Broncos conclude their brief three-game home stand on Monday, Jan. 14 against the Bowie State Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m.

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