Feb. 15, 2013
Winston-Salem State Opening Tip
Date | Time: Saturday, Feb. 13 | 7:30 p.m.
Venue (Location/Capacity): C.E. Gaines Center (Winston-Salem, NC/2,300)
Fayetteville State Team Information: Team Site | Schedule/Results | Statistics
Winston-Salem State Team Information: Team Site | Schedule/Results | Statistics
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - The Fayetteville State Broncos hit the road for the first time in three games on Saturday evening as it travels to face the 14th-ranked Winston-Salem State Rams in a CIAA Southern Division contest. The contest will tip off at 7:30 p.m. inside the 2,300-seat C.E. Gaines Center. Winston-Salem State won the first matchup, 86-65, in Fayetteville on Jan. 26.
Fayetteville State has just three games remaining in the 2012-13 regular season. The Broncos have two contests scheduled on the road and one at home. One of those two road games will take play on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. against No. 14 Winston-Salem State.
FSU is coming off a 58-54 defeat on Wednesday to Livingstone at Felton J. Capel Arena.
The Broncos currently hold an 8-14 overall record and 3-10 mark in conference play. Fayetteville State is sixth in the CIAA Southern Division standings at 0-7.
Tyrrel Tate (Jr., Raleigh, NC) leads the team in scoring this season at 16.9 points per game. He finished with 15 points against Livingstone and also leads the team in rebounding at 6.6 per contest. Tate is sixth in the league in scoring and ninth in rebounds.
Anthony Shelton (So., Cary, NC) is second on the team in scoring at 13.0 points per game and is the only other Bronco to average in double-figures. He leads the team in free-throw percentage at 78.0 while contributing 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest.
Louis Craft (Jr., Fayetteville, NC) picked up his second double-double of the season against Livingstone with a team-high 17 points and 11 rebounds. He is second on the team in rebounding (6.5) and third in scoring (8.8). Craft ranks fifth in the conference in field-goal percentage at 56.3.
Andre Best (Sr., Raleigh, NC) is dishing out a team-best 3.5 assists per game and is tied for seventh in the league in total assists with 76.
Fayetteville State is ranked tenth in the league in scoring offense (67.8) and sixth in scoring defense (71.0). In conference games only, FSU is 11th in scoring offense (65.5) and eighth in scoring defense (72.5).
The Broncos are in their 70th season of competition and boasts an 841-943 all-time record and 395-459 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 entered Felton J. Capel Arena and immediately pounced to a 19-0 lead in the first seven minutes of the game. The lead reached its highest peak of 23 (31-8) with 7:51 left and once again (34-11) with 5:35 remaining in the first half. Fayetteville State cut the deficit to 11 by halftime (23-34) and missed two opportunities in the final minute to seize advantage.
The Broncos made the comeback possible by forcing the Blue Bears into 20 turnovers which led to 22 points. Livingstone went cold on the night with its last field goal made with 3:52 left.
Craft made his presence known for the Broncos with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Tate finished with 15 points.
Winston-Salem State Scouting Report
Winston-Salem State comes into the contest ranked 14th nationally in the NABC Division II Coaches Poll.
The Rams currently hold a 18-4 overall record and 11-2 mark in conference play. WSSU is part of a four-way tie atop the CIAA Southern Division standings with a 5-2 record.
WSSU is led by seventh-year head coach Bobby Collins. He has a 169-160 all-time record in 12 seasons as a head coach and 104-103 record in seven seasons with the Rams.
Justin Glover leads the Winston-Salem offense with 16.0 points per game this season. He is one of two Rams averaging in double-figures this season. Wakefield Ellison scores 10.0 points per contest.
Winston-Salem State ranks fifth in the conference in scoring offense (76.1) and third in scoring defense (66.5). In games against conference opponents, WSSU is fifth in scoring offense and third in scoring defense.
All-Time Series With Winston-Salem State
The contest will mark the 90th all-time meeting between Fayetteville State and Winston-Salem State. The Rams lead the all-time series 44-38 but scores from several contests are missing.
Winston-Salem State won the first meeting this season, 86-65, in Fayetteville on Jan. 26.
Fayetteville State struggled throughout the game. The Broncos were 34.8% (8-of-23) accurate in shooting in the first half and 50% (13-of-26) in the second. Although FSU was 8-of-10 in free throws prior to intermission, it dropped to 57.9% (11-of-19).
WSSU forced 21 turnovers which led to 29 points. Nineteen of the points were in the first half. FSU had a total of 29 turnovers.
Although the Rams made 46.9% of its field goals, 38.5% (10-of-26) of them were three-pointers.
Shelton and Tate scored in double-figures with 17 and 16 points respectfully.
Fayetteville was victorious during the last meeting in Winston-Salem 64-54 on Feb. 25, 2012.
Fayetteville State will host the Shaw Bears on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in its final home game of the season. FSU will also hold "Senior Night" festivities.
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