Nov. 21, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Once again, the Fayetteville State Broncos are stepping up the competition.
After an inspired 100-79 victory over Barber-Scotia to open the 2011-12 season, the Fayetteville State Broncos renewed their Interstate 95 rivalry with UNC Pembroke in a thriller that went down to the wire. The Braves, who reached the NCAA Tournament a year ago, topped the Broncos 75-73, but it was a well-played game by both teams sure to benefit the two clubs as they move forward in their respective seasons.
But now it gets even tougher.
The Broncos (1-1) will now turn their attention to 2007 NCAA Division II men's basketball champion Barton College, which has opened the season 4-1, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Felton J. Capel Arena. The Bulldogs are accustomed to success, having built a 103-26 record from 2006-09, when it won three conference championships, two regional championships and made two Elite Eight appearances. Last season, Barton finished 18-10 and third in the Carolinas Conference.
Fayetteville State looks to get back on track after the hard-fought loss to UNCP, with leading scorer Jamel Carpenter (Sr., Salisbury, N.C.) seeking another strong effort. Despite being outsized by the Braves, Broncos center John Herrington (Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.) enjoyed a good game inside with 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the floor.
Follow all of the action online, including a live webcast featuring Dan Harrington and Alex Podlogar, at www.FSUBroncos.com