Feb. 19, 2010

HAMPTON, VA. - Jamel Carpenter prides himself on his work ethic, dedication and passion.

It's those attributes that, according to Carpenter, helped him earn a spot on the 2010 All-CIAA team.

"I'm honored and happy that I made it," he said. "I feel like I've worked hard enough to be there with some of the top players in the conference. I try to always think positive and set my standards high. I guess it paid off."

A native of Salisbury, N.C., Carpenter is the league's leading scorer averaging 20.7 points per game.

He also tops the conference in free-throw percentage, making 87.6 percent of his attempts.Carpenter is fifth in 3-pointers made and leads the CIAA in offensive rebounds per game (3.4).

"He's the first player I recruited here and will help us rebuild," said FSU's first-year head coach Alphonza Kee. "It's a testament to the direction of the program that we have a player on the first team."

Carpenter has scored 30 points or more three times this season and has led FSU in scoring 18 times this season. The junior guard has scored 20 or more points 12 times in his first season with the Broncos.

Despite FSU's record, Carpenter believes his team can make a run in next week's CIAA tournament.

"We have to come together during times like this," he said. "We believe in each other and know what our team is capable of."

Kee, Carpenter and FSU will close out the regular season on Saturday against Virginia State. Tipoff, inside Capel Arena, is set for 7:30 p.m.



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