Fayetteville, NC – The Fayetteville State University men’s basketball team will travel to Concord, WV to open the season in the CIAA-MEC Challenge hosted by Concord University at the Carter Center on November 11-12th. FSU will face the hosting Mountain Lions of Concord on Friday, November 11th at 4:00 p.m.
On day two (November 12th), Fayetteville State will open competition for the day against the University of Charleston at 5:00 p.m. Concord will square off against Winston-Salem State at 7:00 p.m.; both games will be played in the Carter Center.
The Broncos have been picked to finish first in the CIAA Southern Division and fourth in the overall conference. FSU won two CIAA Tournament games before ending the season with a 14-15 overall record and 6-9 conference mark.
Fayetteville State has a slew of talent headlined by two returning All-CIAA seniors and two returning All-Rookie selections.
In addition to earning All-CIAA honors to cap the 2015-16 season, senior guard Joshua Dawson (Kinston, NC) and senior forward Michael Tyson (Kinston, NC) both received preseason All-CIAA accolades this season.
Dawson capped last season ranked second in NCAA Division II for Assists per Game (7.9 apg) and Total Assists (211). He has started in 26 of the 28 games played. Dawson averaged 14.4 points and 3.7 rebounds a game. He had a season-high 35 points against Barton (11/17/15).
Tyson debuted for the Broncos last season as a starter in all 29 games. He averaged a team-high 16.6 points per game, along with 7.5 rebounds. Tyson ranked second in the CIAA for Rebounds per Game and Field Goal Percentage shooting 60% (197-325). He scored double digits in 24 of 29 games, including a season-high 33 points versus Morris (11/19/15).
Senior forward Jason Lee (Raleigh, NC), redshirt junior guard Jyonte’ Raynor (Goldsboro, NC), redshirt sophomore guard Carl McCray (Roper, NC), and sophomores Xavier Robinson (Fayetteville, NC), William Tibbs (Winston-Salem, NC), and Isaiah Vinson (Fayetteville, NC) are the six additional returners looking to add experience and depth to the roster.
Tibbs and Vinson tabbed CIAA All-Rookie honors at the end of the 2015-16 season. Tibbs started and played in all 29 games last year. He averaged 31 minutes per game and shot 43% (80-183) from the field. Tibbs produced averages of 7.8 points and 7.3 rebounds a contest.
Vinson played in all 29 games and started in five a season ago. He played on average 21.3 minutes per game. Vinson shot 41% (63-154) from the field and 74% (63-85) from the free throw line. He averaged 7.8 points and 2.1 rebounds.
Sophomore forward Javen McNeil (West End, NC), freshman guard Darius Moore (Fayetteville, NC), freshman guard Josh Bryant (Fayetteville, NC) will make their debuts this year with the Broncos after sitting out a season.
Some seasoned newcomers are joining the stampede at Fayetteville State to compete for a title. Three seniors: forward Steven Burrough (Charlotte, NC) coming from North Carolina A&T, guard Rasean Brewington (Goldsboro, NC) out of Guilford Tech, and forward Dont’e Reynolds (Kinston, NC) leaving the alma mater of NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell (San Francisco) to return to his home state. Junior guard Willie Gilmore (Fayetteville, NC) transitions from Fayetteville Tech to become a Bronco.
At the conclusion of the CIAA-MEC Challenge, Fayetteville State will face Voorhees College on Tuesday, November 15th in the home season opener in Felton J. Capel Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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