MBB PREVIEW: JOHNSON C. SMITH

FSUBRONCOSDOTCOM Devin Thompson
FSUBRONCOSDOTCOM
Devin Thompson
FSUBRONCOSDOTCOM

Jan. 17, 2014

Johnson C. Smith Opening Tip
Date | Time:
Saturday, Jan. 18 | 4:00 p.m.
Venue (Location/Capacity): Felton J. Capel Arena (Fayetteville, NC/5,000)
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FAYETTEVILLE, NC - The Fayetteville State University men's basketball team hopes some rest will help it improve on its fast conference start on Saturday afternoon, as the Broncos host Johnson C. Smith at 4 pm from Felton J. Capel Arena.

In a three-game road trip up the mid-Atlantic region, the Broncos (11-5 overall, 4-2 CIAA) battled back from a loss at Lincoln (PA) with consecutive wins against Virginia Union and Bowie State. Against the Bulldogs on Monday, FSU managed to pull off a tightly contested contest. Neither team led by more than six points.

Tyrrel Tate (Raleigh, NC) led three Broncos in double-figures with 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting. This followed outputs of 31 and 27 points against Virginia Union and Lincoln (PA), respectively, helping to earn Tate the conference's Player of the Week honors. Tate also finished the Bowie State game tied with Torian Showers (Dublin, GA) as the team's leading rebounder with seven boards.

Travis Marcus (Washington, DC) contributed a career-high 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Marcus also drained two of his three 3-point tries and went 5-of-6 from the foul line. Showers scored 15 points and went 6-of-8 from the floor.

The Broncos shot 24-of-60 (40.0 percent) from the floor, but the offense really came to life in the final period. In the second half, FSU shot 53.6 percent (15-of-28) and outscored the Bulldogs, 44-36.

Tate is sixth in the conference in scoring (18.1 points per game), fourth in field goals made (94), fifth in free throws made (77), ninth in free throw percentage (78.6 percent) and 23rd in total rebounds (75).

Showers is second on the team in scoring (10.7 ppg), and leads the way in rebounds, with 5.9 boards per contest. He is 13th in the conference in rebounds per game and 17th in field goal percentage (50.8 percent).

Joshua Dawson (Kinston, NC) continues to lead the conference in assists, averaging 5.1 dimes a game thus far in his fantastic freshman campaign.

The Golden Bulls (11-5, 3-3) have dropped three out of their last four games after starting the season 10-2. On Monday, Johnson C. Smith dropped a 67-57 decision at Virginia State.

JCSU is 4-3 thus far in games played against common opponents to FSU. The Golden Bulls split with Virginia Union, beat Lincoln (PA), Elizabeth City State and Bowie State and lost to Chowan and Virginia State. FSU is 5-2 in such games, having defeated Virginia Union twice, Chowan, Bowie State and Virginia State and lost to Elizabeth City State and Lincoln (PA).

The Golden Bulls are led by two of the top rebounders in the conference. Antwan Wilkerson (9.0 rebounds per game, 1.4 blocks per game) and Emilo Parks (8.1 rpg, 1.8 bpg) can get the ball off the glass as well as become an obstacle on the path to the goal. Parks is the team's leading scorer at 17.5 points per game, while Wilkerson falls just short of double-figures at 9.7 ppg.

LeMarquis Letchaw is the team's second-leading scorer with an average of 15.5 points per contest and Robert Williams (13.2 ppg) also averages double-figures.

FSU is 33-60 all-time against Johnson C. Smith, and the Golden Bulls swept both of last year's meetings. The Broncos have lost the last four meetings between these teams, with their last win coming on Feb. 6, 2012, in Fayetteville.

The Broncos are in their 71st season of competition and boast an 853-950 all-time record and 400-463 record in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. FSU's lone conference tournament championship came during the 1972-73 campaign. The Broncos have played in six tournament championship games.


 

 

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