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Feb. 19, 2013

Shaw Opening Tip
Date | Time:
Wednesday, Feb. 20 | 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 will host its final home game of the 2012-13 season on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. when it takes on the Shaw Bears at Felton J. Capel Arena. The Broncos will honor its four seniors during “Senior Night” festivities prior to the game. FSU is coming off a 68-61 loss at 14th-ranked Winston-Salem State last Saturday.

Bronco Storylines
Fayetteville State’s 2012-13 home season wraps up on Wednesday evening when it hosts the Shaw Bears at 7:30 p.m. in Felton J. Capel Arena.

The Broncos will honor their four seniors during “Senior Night” festivities prior to the contest beginning.

FSU enters the contest with an 8-15 overall record and 3-11 mark in conference play. Fayetteville State is sixth in the CIAA Southern Division standings at 0-8.

The Broncos currently boasts two players who are averaging in double figures this season led by Tyrrel Tate (Jr., Raleigh, NC) at 16.9 points per game. Tate is sixth in the league in scoring and eighth in rebounding. He leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game.

Anthony Shelton (So., Cary, NC) is second on the team in scoring with 12.9 points per game. He also contributes 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists from his guard position. Shelton leads the team this season in free-throw percentage at 78.6 percent.

Louis Craft (Jr., Fayetteville, NC) ranks fifth in the CIAA in field-goal percentage at 55.8 percent. He adds 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Craft is second on the team in rebounding and third in scoring.

Andre Best (Sr., Raleigh, NC) dishes out a team-best 3.4 assists per game. He is eighth in the league in total assists with 79.

FSU ranks tenth in the conference in scoring offense (67.5) and eighth in scoring defense (70.9). In conference games only, Fayetteville State is 11th in scoring offense and eighth in scoring defense.

The Broncos are in their 70th season of competition and boasts an 841-944 all-time record and 395-460 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.

Winston-Salem State Recap
Fayetteville State’s second-half rally fell just short on Saturday against the 14th-ranked Winston-Salem State Rams as it suffered a 68-61 loss at the C.E. Gaines Center.

Tate led the Broncos with a 17-point, eight rebound effort on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor. He was one of three players for Fayetteville State to score in double-figures at Winston-Salem State. Shelton chipped in 12 points while Devin Thompson (So., Fayetteville, NC) added 11 off the bench. Paul Lane (Jr., Atlanta, GA) also grabbed eight rebounds to go with seven points.

The Broncos struggled offensively in the first half registering 19 points on 7-of-24 shooting (29.2%) to head into the locker room down by eight. The Rams were behind just once in the first half at 3-2 and led by as many as ten points twice. Winston-Salem State held a 25-15 advantage at the 2:14 mark.

FSU came out after halftime and quickly cut its deficit to two (35-33) with 14:57 remaining. The Rams responded by going on a 10-0 run to increase their lead to 45-33. Winston-Salem State pushed its lead to a game-high 18 points (55-37) at the 5:17 mark. The Broncos scored the game’s final eight points, including back-to-back three pointers by Preston Holmes (So., Gastonia, NC), to end the game at 68-61.

Fayetteville State finished the contest shooting 36.2 percent (21-of-58) after going 14-of-34 in the second half. The Rams shot 22-of-60 (36.7%) overall. The Broncos led in second-chance points (18-11) and fast-break points (12-2). FSU’s bench also contributed 28 points in the effort.

Shaw Scouting Report
Shaw enters the game with a 14-10 overall record and 8-6 mark in conference play. The Bears are fifth in the CIAA Southern Division standings with a 2-6 record.

The program is led by fifth-year head coach Cleo Hill, Jr. He currently holds a 92-53 record with Shaw and is 166-120 in ten years as a head coach.

Karron Johnson leads the Bears offensively averaging 17.4 points per game and is one of three players to average in double figures. Curtis Hines is second on the team with 14.3 points per game while Latrail McCoy contributes 11.8 per contest.

Shaw ranks third in the conference in scoring offense (77.2) and tenth in scoring defense (72.1). In games against conference opponents, the Bears are first in scoring offense and ninth in scoring defense.

All-Time Series With Shaw
The contest will be the 90th all-time meeting between Fayetteville State and Shaw.

The Broncos hold a 45-41 all-time lead in the series with several contests missing.

The Bears have won the last seven meetings in the series dating back to 2010. Fayetteville State last won a game in the series on Feb. 11, 2010 with a 70-60 victory.

Shaw recorded a 78-64 victory in Raleigh on Jan. 30. The Broncos led 32-28 at halftime; but struggled from the free-throw line converting on 5-of-14 (35.7%) attempts while Shaw (13-7, 7-3, 1-3) finished 24-of-33 (72.7%).

Best lead the Broncos with 11 points while Tate added ten. FSU led 32-28 at halftime.

The Bears started the second half on a 7-0 run to take a 35-32 lead. The lead would be one they would not relinquish for the remainder of the contest. Shaw led by double-digits for a majority of the second half including a 14-point advantage (70-56) with 1:23 left in the game. Fayetteville State cut its deficit to nine on several occasions late; but could not get any closer as the Bears made several free throws at the end to seal the game.

The Broncos shot 44.8 percent from the field while Shaw went 25-of-47 (53.2%). The Bears led in points in the paint (36-22) and points off turnovers (18-11).

Up Next
Fayetteville State ends its 2012-13 regular season on Saturday, Feb. 23 on the road against the Saint Augustine’s Falcons. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.



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