FSU Broncos Prepare for Home Opener Against Wingate

Nov. 16, 2017

Ja-Shawn Johnson -

Fayetteville State University men’s basketball team will host its Capel Arena home opener on Saturday, November 18th against Wingate University.

The records may not dictate it but the non-conference matchup figures to be a close game as Fayetteville State (0-2 overall) and Wingate (2-1 overall) will both enter Saturday’s game averaging 75 points per game (Broncos: 75.5; Bulldogs: 75.7).  

The Last Meeting
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CAPEL ARENA
BRONCOS PICK UP A LOW SCORING VICTORY OVER WINGATE IN CAPEL
The Broncos returned to their home court with a 58-55 win over Wingate University Wednesday evening inside Capel Arena. FSU is currently on a four-game winning streak and improve to 7-1 overall.

Through two games, Joshua Bryant (Fayetteville, NC) leads the Broncos with a 22-point average while Javen McNeill (West End, NC) leads the team with 9.5 rebounds per game and blocks per game, 1.5.

The Broncos have the rebounding edge averaging 37 boards through two games and the Bulldogs average 34.7 through three. As a team, the Broncos have shot 44% from the field and 32% from behind the arc. They will look to get their shots to fall against a Bulldog defense that has allowed their opponents to shoot 48% from the field (but only 25% from behind the arc).

Wingate finished last season 20-11, earning a D2 NCAA tournament bid, but only returned one starter after losing five graduates.


 

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Josh Bryant, the 6’2” redshirt sophomore guard from Seventy-First High School, averages 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists per game on 56% shooting.  In the season opener against Concord, Bryant had 23 pts, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals on 7-of-10 field goal shooting and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line. Off the bench against Clarion, Bryant had 21 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal while going 7-of-15 from the field and 7-of-11 from the stripe. He averaged a team-high 12 ppg last season, along with 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals and 1.3 assists, starting 26 games.

William Tibbs, the 6’7” senior forward from Kernersville, NC, averages 9.5 points and 8 rebounds per game. In the opener, Tibbs played the full 40 minutes en route to a solid showing of 12 points and 8 rebounds - getting to the stripe eight (8) times and making six (6) of those shots. Last season, Tibbs played in 28 games, started 18, and averaged 4.9 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Willie Gilmore, the 6’2” senior guard from Fayetteville, NC, started only six (6) games and played in 25, despite breaking his nose last season. He averaged 5.8 points in 17 minutes per game. Through two games this season, the E.E. Smith graduate has 17 points per game on 15-of-34 (44%) shooting. In the second game of the season, Gilmore shot 10-of-19 from the floor for 23 points while also adding three rebounds, an assist, and a steal.

Last week, Fayetteville State played Concord and Clarion in Winston-Salem State CIAA/MEC/PSAC Challenge. The Broncos lost a close-game to Concord, 82-75, after being tied with less than 3 minutes to go. The next day, the Broncos lost an even-closer game to Clarion, 81-76. The Broncos were down by 3 points with 13 seconds left.

In October, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and its Men’s Basketball Coaches Association predicted that Fayetteville State would finish 6th overall in the conference and 3rd in the division. Last season, the Broncos finished 13-16 in the regular season but streaked to the finals of the CIAA Tournament. Fayetteville State hopes to win their first men’s CIAA championship title in basketball since 1973.

 

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