The 1973 Squad is the only FSU CIAA Men's Basketball Champions
Feb. 7, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - The Fayetteville State Department of Athletics will hold a special recognition ceremony on Saturday afternoon honoring the 1972-73 men's basketball team on the 40th-year anniversary of capturing the program's first CIAA Championship. The event will take place during halftime of the men's basketball game against the Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls. Six members of the championship team are expected to be in attendance.
The 1972-73 squad had a season to remember; winning the school's only conference championship in men's basketball. Fayetteville State finished the regular season with a 16-10 overall record and 10-7 mark in conference play. FSU finished third in the CIAA Southern Division. The Broncos picked up steam when the conference tournament rolled around in Greensboro, NC.
Fayetteville State was led by Head Coach Tom Reeves. Reeves compiled a 57-56 overall record and 19-21 conference mark in three seasons. He was twice named the CIAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Coach in 1972 and 1973. Reeves also guided FSU to a second place finish in the CIAA Tournament in 1972 after falling to Norfolk State in the championship game.
Fayetteville State began the 1973 CIAA Tournament on a high note by easily dispatching Elizabeth City State, the second seed from the Northern Division, 90-72 in the opening round. James Tyus, who would go on to be named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player, sparked the FSU offense against Elizabeth City State. Nicknamed "The Arkansas Flash", Tyus poured in 34 points against ECS with five assists. Fayetteville native and E.E. Smith graduate, Terrence Murchison teamed up with Larry Cogdell to pull down 11 rebounds each.
Tyus was one of four Fayetteville State players to register double-digit points in an 88-70 semifinal victory over Winston-Salem State to setup a finals rematch against defending champion Norfolk State. The Broncos offense was clicking on all cylinders in the second half against Winston-Salem State registering 59 points and shooting 55.9 percent from the floor.
Tyus finished with 31 points while Cogdell added 22. Murchison recorded a double-double (13 points, 15 rebounds) and Otis Newkirk scored 17.
Fayetteville State exacted revenge on Norfolk State in the championship game scoring a 94-89 overtime victory in front of 10,258 fans at the Greensboro Coliseum. Murchison saved his best game for last; picking up his second double-double of the tournament with a team-high 24 points and 13 rebounds. Newkirk also registered a double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Cogdell added 22 points. Sam Smith provided ten points off the bench.
The Broncos finished the 1972-73 season with a 21-11 overall record while advancing to the NCAA Southeast Regional where they finished third. Alton Cogdell was the lone FSU player to be named CIAA All-Conference while also being named to the All-Tournament Team. He was joined on the All-Tournament team by Murchison, Tyus and James Saunders. Tyus also earned NCAA Southeastern Regional Team honors.