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Jan. 25, 2013

Winston-Salem State Opening Tip
Date | Time: 
Saturday, Jan. 26 | 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 take on the 19th-ranked Winston-Salem State Rams at Felton J. Capel Arena on Saturday evening in a CIAA Southern Division matchup. The contest is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. The Broncos recently suffered a 76-59 loss on Wednesday to Livingstone in Salisbury.

Bronco Storylines
Fayetteville State is coming off a 76-59 loss on the road to Livingstone on Wednesday night. The Broncos will be facing the nationally-ranked Rams in their first Southern Division home game of the season.

FSU enters the contest with an 8-9 overall record and 3-5 mark in conference play. Fayetteville State is looking for its first division victory of the season after starting out 0-2.

Tyrrel Tate (Jr., Raleigh, NC) leads the Broncos on offense this season averaging 17.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He ranks fifth in the CIAA in both scoring and rebounds per game. Tate has scored 20 or more points in four of his last six games.

Anthony Shelton (So., Cary, NC) is second on the team in scoring at 13.2 points per game and posts a team-best 78.4 percent mark at the free-throw line.

Louis Craft (Jr., Fayetteville, NC), who is fifth in the conference in field-goal percentage (56.6), is averaging 9.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season.

Andre Best (Sr., Raleigh, NC) is dishing out a team-high 3.5 assists per game.

The Broncos rank ninth in the conference in scoring offense (69.4) and seventh in scoring defense (70.2). In conference games only, FSU is seventh in scoring offense and eighth in scoring defense.

Fayetteville State is in its 70th season of competition and boasts an 841-938 all-time record and 395-454 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.

Livingstone Recap
Tate scored 20 or more points for the fourth time in the last six games but Fayetteville State could not overcome in a 76-59 loss on Wednesday at Livingstone.

Livingstone finished 27-of-60 (45.0%) from the field while the Broncos were 20-of-63. FSU shot 59.1 percent (13-of-22) at the free throw line and the Blue Bears were 17-of-26 (65.4%).

FSU managed to connect on just seven of its 31 field-goal attempts in the second half as Livingstone shot 51.7 percent (15-of-29).

Winston-Salem State Scouting Report
Winston-Salem State comes into the contest ranked 19th nationally in the NABC Division II Coaches Poll.

The Rams currently hold a 14-3 overall record and 7-1 mark in conference play. WSSU is in third place in the CIAA Southern Division standings with a 1-1 record. Winston-Salem State's 14 wins are tied for the most in the conference with Livingstone.

WSSU is led by seventh-year head coach Bobby Collins. He has a 154-155 all-time record in 10 seasons as a head coach and 89-98 record with the Rams.

Justin Glover leads the Winston-Salem offense with 14.8 points per game this season. He is one of two Rams averaging in double-figures this season. WyKevin Bazemore scores 10.1 points per contest.

Winston-Salem State ranks fifth in the conference in scoring offense (75.0) and second in scoring defense (65.2). In games against conference opponents, WSSU is fifth in scoring offense and scoring defense.

All-Time Series With Winston-Salem State
The contest will mark the 89th all-time meeting between Fayetteville State and Winston-Salem State. The Rams lead the all-time series 43-38 but scores from several contests are missing.

The two teams split both contests last season. Winston-Salem State won the first meeting in Fayetteville 58-54 while the Broncos won in Winston-Salem 64-54.

Fayetteville State will be looking for its first victory over WSSU in Fayetteville since a 76-70 victory on Feb. 14, 2004.

Up Next
Fayetteville State heads to Raleigh on Wednesday, Jan. 30 to face the Shaw Bears at 8 p.m.

The Last Meeting
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February 25, 2012
Winston-Salem, NC
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Fayetteville State Broncos just made a potential run at the CIAA Tournament championship a little easier on themselves. Anthony Shelton (Fr., Cary, N.C.) led the Broncos with 17 points and Tyrrell Tate added 15 as Fayetteville State rocketed to the No. 4 seed in the CIAA's Southern Division after a convincing 64-54 victory over Winston-Salem State on the road on Saturday night. Fayetteville State (9-16, 6-10, 4-6), which has won four of its last six games, came into the night needing a win over the rival Rams (18-8, 10-6, 4-6) and a little help elsewhere in the conference. The Broncos got both.



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