Feb. 22, 2010
Four days after winning their final home game, three Fayetteville State seniors want to make some noise in the CIAA tournament.
When the No. 10 seed Broncos face Elizabeth City State on Wednesday at 7 p.m., Larry Ross, Davon Hood and Jason Thompson will get their chance.
"We've been on a drought with these wins," Ross said on Saturday after FSU's victory over Virginia State. "Whoever we play on Wednesday, hopefully they're ready, because hopefully we will be."
The Vikings won both meetings with FSU this season.
In Fayetteville, on Jan. 2, the Vikings' Blake Price, Quintin Spady and Paul Goldsmith combined for 56 points and carried ECSU to an 80-57 win. For the Broncos, Jamel Carpenter, the conference's top scorer, free-throw shooter and 2010 All-CIAA selection, led FSU with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Junior forward Ben Davis was the only other Broncos player in double figures with 10 points.
"Coach Walker has been at ECSU for a while and his system has been planted," first-year head coach Alphonza Kee said after the game. "You saw it out there. They did a good job executing and we didn't do as well. The credit goes to them, they're a veteran CIAA team and came in here and won."
On Jan. 25, FSU traveled to ECSU and played with the No. 7 seed for the first half. However, the Vikings closed the game on a 39-15 run and downed FSU 82-58.
Junior guard Ariel Robinson had a team-high 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Broncos. Carpenter scored 12 points while Hood added eight.
Thompson said that FSU's confidence hasn't been shaken by its tough season.
"I think the team still believes," he said. "We're going through games where we're not playing to our potential. I don't know how everyone else feels, but we still think we can win it (the CIAA Championship). It's just a matter of everyone coming together on the court."
Added Hood: "We're going to have to be tough mentally and physically and play together for the whole 40 minutes."