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Feb. 12, 2013

Livingstone Opening Tip
Date | Time:
  Wednesday, Feb. 13 | 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 hosts the Livingstone College Blue Bears on Wednesday evening in the final game of a three-game home stand. The Broncos will tip off against the Blue Bears at 7:30 p.m. inside Felton J. Capel Arena. FSU is coming off an 82-73 loss to Johnson C. Smith on Feb. 9 in Fayetteville.

Bronco Storylines
Fayetteville State closes out its final home stand of the 2012-13 season on Wednesday night against Livingstone.

The Broncos head into the contest with an 8-13 overall record and 3-9 mark in the conference. FSU is sixth in the CIAA Southern Division with a 0-6 record.

Tyrrel Tate (Jr., Raleigh, NC) leads the team in scoring at 17.0 points per game and is one of two players to average in double-figures this season. Tate also pulls down a team-best 6.8 rebounds per game. He is sixth in the league in scoring and eighth in rebounds per game.

Anthony Shelton (So., Cary, NC) is second on the Broncos averaging 13.2 points per game. He is the team’s top free-throw shooter posting a 79.2 mark at the charity stripe.

Louis Craft (Jr., Fayetteville, NC) ranks fifth in the conference in field-goal percentage at 55.7 percent. The transfer from Sandhills Community College is second on the team in rebounding (6.2) and third in scoring (8.4).

Andre Best (Sr., Raleigh, NC) dishes out a team-best 3.5 assists per game and is tied for seventh in the league in total assists at 73.

FSU is ninth in the conference in scoring offense (68.4) and eighth in scoring defense (71.7). In conference games only, the Broncos are eighth in scoring offense and ninth in scoring defense.

Fayetteville State is in its 70th season of competition and boasts an 841-942 all-time record and 395-458 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.

Johnson C. Smith Recap
Fayetteville State out-scored Johnson C. Smith 36-24 in the paint, 16-12 off turnovers, and 16-12 off second chance points; but came up short in the category that means the most, total points.

The Golden Bulls knocked down 22-of-24 free throws to pull away from the Broncos 82-73.

Tate led the way for Fayetteville State with 21 points. Shelton and Lenton Donnell (Sr., Wilmington, NC) rose from the bench to score 11 and 10, respectfully. The FSU bench out-scored the Golden Bulls' 37-18.

Fayetteville State finished 26-of-70 in field goals (37.1%), 8-of-27 in three pointers (29.6%) and 13-of-22 in free throws (59.1%). JCSU made 27-of 63 from the floor (42.99%), 6-of-15 from beyond the arc (40%) and was 91.7% in free throws.

Livingstone Scouting Report
Livingstone enters the contest with a 16-5 overall record and 8-4 record in conference play. The Blue Bears are third in the Southern Division standings with a 4-2 record.

The Blue Bears are under the direction of ninth-year head coach James Stinson, Jr. He holds a 122-130 record with the program and is 394-288 in 22 years as a head coach.

Livingstone is led on offense by Mark Thomas with 17.2 points per game. Jody Hill is the only other Blue Bear scoring in double figures averaging 15.2 points per contest.

LC ranks third in the league in scoring offense (77.8) and tenth in scoring defense (72.4). In games against conference opponents the Blue Bears are first in scoring offense and 11th in scoring defense.

All-Time Series With Livingstone
The contest will mark the 97th all-time meeting between Fayetteville State and Livingstone. The series dates all the way back to the 1937 campaign where the two teams split both games that season.

Livingstone defeated FSU 76-59 in Salisbury on Jan. 23. Tate recorded a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds.  

The Broncos were victorious in Fayetteville last season 74-65.

Up Next
Fayetteville State heads to Winston-Salem, NC on Saturday, Feb. 16 to face the 24th-ranked Winston-Salem State Rams at 7:30 p.m.



The Last Meeting
Fayetteville State59
January 23, 2013
Salisbury, NC
SALISBURY, NC - The Fayetteville State men's basketball team dropped a 76-59 decision to the Livingstone Blue Bears (14-3, 6-2 CIAA, 2-0 Division) on Wednesday night at Trent Gymnasium. Tyrrel Tate (Jr., Raleigh, NC) recorded his third double-double of the season after scoring a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds. It was not enough as the Broncos were held to 31.7 percent shooting from the field. The Blue Bears led at halftime 39-33.


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