FSU Men’s Basketball Ready for Winston-Salem State

Jan. 24, 2018

By Ja-Shawn Steward-Johnson -

This evening (7:30 p.m.) the Fayetteville State men’s basketball team will travel to Winston-Salem to take on Southern division rival Winston-Salem State.

The Last Meeting
Fayetteville State65
Winston-Salem State76
February 11, 2017
Winston-Salem, NC
The Fayetteville State University men’s basketball team suffered a 76-65 loss to Winston-Salem State University on Saturday, February 11th at the C.E. Gaines Center. FSU moves to 10-13 overall, 6-8 in the CIAA, and 4-4 in the division.

Fayetteville State hopes to turn around their fortune in the second half of the season against a slumping Winston-Salem State. The Rams have lost five (5) straight games.

This CIAA game represents the midpoint of the conference schedule. [The match will be the 9th conference game with 7 conference games left to play.]  Fayetteville State is 4-14 overall with a 1-7 conference record. A win over the 4-13 Winston-Salem State (2-6 conference record) would catapult the Broncos over the Rams in the conference standings.

The meeting lines up to be both important and close. The Broncos and the Rams matchup virtually even in points per game, field goals and three-point percentages, and rebounding.



An advantage for the Broncos’ is that the Rams’ defense has struggled. Winston-Salem State is allowing their opponents to score 80 points per game and to shoot 48% from the field. Against conference opponents, the Rams have allowed a whopping 41% from behind the arc. In addition to a struggling defense, the Rams turn the ball over 17 times a game.

Fayetteville State guard Willie Gilmore (Fayetteville, NC) will be leading the bout against WSSU and leading scorers Robert Colon (16.6 points per game) and William Crandell (16 points per game).

Against Livingstone, Gilmore had his best game of the season with 24 points, nine (9) rebounds, and five (5) assists. The senior is averaging 13.5 points per game on the season.

Sophomore guard Denzell Hosch is also averaging double-digits in points, with a season average of 12.5 points.

Josh Bryant will miss today’s game due to a high-ankle sprain.

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