Feb. 18, 2014
RALEIGH, NC – After tough back-to-back losses, the Fayetteville State University men’s basketball teams looks to find the winning side of the ledger again when it takes on Shaw in the final road game of the season on Wednesday at 7:30 pm.
A win helps FSU’s chances of catching Winston-Salem State for second in the Southern Division.
Despite the two straight defeats, FSU enters play 17-8 overall, 9-5 in the CIAA and 5-3 in the division. Against Livingstone, the Broncos ran into the Blue Bears’ two scoring threats. Mark Thomas and Jody Hill, Jr. combined for 77 points and hit a combined 14 3-pointers.
The Last Meeting
February 5, 2014
BRONCOS THUMP SHAW 88-67, KEEP PACE IN STANDINGS
YETTEVILLE, NC - Louis Craft wasn't sure he whether had enough rebounds for a double-double, so he tried to convince teammate Marquette Hill not to check in for him late in Fayetteville State's men's basketball contest against Shaw on Wednesday. It didn't work, but Craft got his double-double anyway in the Broncos' 88-67 win at Felton J. Capel Arena.
Tyrrel Tate (Raleigh, NC) has been a CIAA Player of the Year candidate all season long. Against Livingstone, he added another strong case for the honor, scoring 35 points on 12-of-23 shooting. For the year, he’s averaging 18.8 points per game, which ranks fifth in the league.
Joshua Dawson (Kinston, NC) also had a big game against Livingstone, scoring 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting and recording nine assists along the way. Dawson continues to lead the conference in assists, averaging 5.2 per contest.
Torian Showers (Dublin, GA) is just shy of double-figure scoring, averaging 9.5 points per game. He scored 21 points earlier this season at Virginia-Lynchburg.
Louis Craft (Fayetteville, NC) scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting against the Blue Bears. For the season, he is averaging 5.9 points per game and shooting 68.8 percent from the field. He is second in the conference with 43 blocks.
Shaw is led by Andre Paulk. Paulk leads the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game and is shooting a blistering 52.9 percent from the field. In the first meeting between these teams, an 88-67 FSU win, Paulk scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He scored a season-high 31 points against St. Augustine’s on February 15.
Larry Richardson was the only other Bear in double-figures the first time these teams met. He scored 11 points in that one and averages 11.0 points per game this season. His season-high is a 29-point effort against Virginia Union on January 9.
The Broncos snapped an eight-game Shaw win streak in the all-time series between these teams when they met on February 5. All-time, FSU has a 46-42 advantage in match-ups between these foes.
After this one, Fayetteville State returns home to Felton J. Capel Arena to square off with St. Augustine’s. Travis Marcus (Washington, DC), Paul Lane (Atlanta, GA), Tate and Craft will be honored. The tip-off for that one is schedule for 4 pm.