Feb. 4, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, NC -- After a brief break from CIAA conference play -- and a nice 93-53 win against Barber-Scotia -- the Fayetteville State men’s basketball team returns to league play Wednesday evening against Shaw. FSU enters the contest 3-1 in Southern Division play, just a half-game off the pace set by Livingstone College.
By virtue of the win against Barber-Scotia on Monday, FSU now has 15 victories on the season. That total matches head coach Alphonza Kee’s high as a head coach. Kee still has plenty of opportunities to eclipse that total and could be looking at a 20-plus win season when things are all said and done.
Fayetteville State had a clear mismatch at its hands against Barber-Scotia, and the Broncos exploited that from the opening tip in a 93-53 win.
FSU scored the game’s first 10 points and took 36-24 lead into halftime. After the half, the Broncos put their feet on the gas and severely widened the margin, thanks in part to scoring the first 13 points of the half.
Several Broncos recorded statistical season- or career-highs. Among them was Devin Thompson (Fayetteville, NC), who recorded a career-high 17 points and Quentin Underwood (Apex, NC), who had a career-best 11 rebounds.
Preston Holmes (Gastonia, NC) had a career-best seven assists and Marquette Hill (Raleigh, NC) matched the 15 points he scored in his previous game against St. Augustine’s.
No starter played more than eight minutes against Barber-Scotia, but FSU still has a few players near the top of various CIAA statistical categories.
Tyrrel Tate (Raleigh, NC) is averaging 17.9 points per game, the fifth-highest total in the conference. Before the Barber-Scotia game, he had scored in double-figures in 10 straight games. In fact, Tate has failed to scored 10 points in just three games all season.
Joshua Dawson (Kinston, NC) continues to lead the league in assists at 5.0 per game. He has 104 dimes this season.
Torian Showers (Dublin, GA) is averaging double-figure scoring at 10.1 points per contest. He has scored in double-figures on seven occasions this season.
The Bears are under the direction of sixth-year head coach Cleo Hill, Jr. Hill was a previous Shaw assistant before taking the job and also served as head basketball coach at Cheyney University in Philadelphia.
Joe Reed is the third-best shooter in the CIAA this season, connecting on 57 percent of his shot attempts. He averages 8.0 points per game for the Bears.
Andre Paulk is one of three Shaw players averaging double-figures. He scores 12.3 points per game.
This will be the 88th meeting between these teams, with FSU holding a 45-42 advantage in the all-time series.
FSU will be hoping to snap Shaw’s eight-game win streak in the series, with the last Broncos win coming on Feb. 11, 2010. The Bears won at Capel Arena 74-65 the last time these teams squared off.
FSU returns to the road to square off with Johnson C. Smith on Saturday at 7:30 pm.