Jan. 24, 2014
PIKEVILLE, NC - After a tough loss at the hands of Livingstone College, the Fayetteville State University men's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track Saturday evening at 7 pm in Pikeville, NC, against Winston-Salem State. The game will be played at Charles B. Aycock High School.
Audio for the contest will be streamed live on FSUBroncos.com/allaccess.
The Broncos' (12-6 overall, 5-3 CIAA, 1-1 Southern Division) 3-game winning streak was snapped in a 95-92 barnburner at Felton J. Capel Arena on Wednesday. Still, FSU will enter its contest against WSSU a game back of the Rams and Livingstone and in position to make a run.
Fayetteville State's offense was once again excellent in the loss. The only real areas of weakness were free throw shooting (15-of-31) and second-chance points, where the Blue Bears outscored the Broncos 25-14.
FSU shot 52.2 percent from the floor (35-of-67) and nailed seven of its 19 3-pointer attempts. Tyrrel Tate (Raleigh, NC) finished with 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Juwan Addison (Fairmont, NC) had 12 points and hit eight of his 10 free throws. Louis Craft (Fayetteville, NC) and Travis Marcus (Washington, DC) each finished with 10 points.
Tate is sixth in the conference in scoring (18.8 points per game), third in field goals made (111), fifth in free throws made (89), 10th in free throw percentage (76.1 percent) and 25th in total rebounds (85).
Torian Showers (Dublin, GA) is second on the team in scoring (10.2 ppg), and leads the way in rebounding, at 6.2 boards per contest. He is 14th in the conference in rebounds per game and 17th in field goal percentage (49.6 percent).
Dawson continues to lead the conference in assists, averaging 5.1 dimes a game thus far in his fantastic freshman campaign.
The Rams (11-7, 6-2, 2-0) represent another tough task for the Broncos. WSSU has won five of its last six games, including a pair of Southern Division victories against St. Augustine's and at Shaw. The Rams are tied for first atop the Southern Division with Livingstone.
Marquez Jones is the second-highest scorer in the CIAA, averaging 19.9 points per contest. In conference games, nobody has averaged more than Jones' 21.0 points per game.
Wykevin Bazemore is the league's best rebounder, averaging 8.8 boards per contest. He is also a double-figure scorer, at 13.5 ppg. He has, however, been limited in his last two games, totaling just seven points and seven rebounds in a pair of wins.
This will be the 84th all-time meeting between these rivals. The Rams hold a 45-38 all-time lead in the series.
The Broncos are in their 71st season of competition and boast an 854-951 all-time record and 401-464 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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