Jan. 23, 2013
SALISBURY, NC -Livingstone College made six free-throws in the final 35 seconds on Wednesday evening to defeat the Lady Broncos 83-78 at Trent Gymnasium. Fayetteville State led by three at halftime (40-37) but could not capitalize on late free throws; as they fall to 15-3 overall, 7-1 in league play and 1-1 within the division. Akysia Resper (Jr., Concord, NC) scored a team-high 18 points for FSU.
Resper was one of four Lady Broncos to tally double-figures in scoring against Livingstone (7-10, 3-5, 1-1). Kristen Hanzer (Sr., Youngsville, NC) added 17 points and Shuanda Ashford (Sr., Fayetteville, NC) contributed 13. Tierra Coleman (Sr., Cameron, NC) fell shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Fayetteville State got off to a strong start in the opening half racing out to a 20-9 lead within the first seven minutes. The 11-point cushion was highlighted by a 12-4 run covering a span of four minutes. Livingstone cut its deficit to five (25-20) with 7:58 left but the Lady Broncos would push their lead back to 10. The Lady Blue Bears ended the half on a 13-6 run to head into intermission down by just three.
Akysia Resper paced the FSU attack with 13 points in the first half. The Lady Broncos shot 50 percent (13-of-26) from the field and 80 percent (12-of-15) at the free-throw line. Despite connecting on 14-of-34 attempts in the half, Livingstone made 4-of-8 (50%) three-pointers to stay within striking distance going into the locker room.
The second half would go back-and-forth as the lead would change hands 13 times. The Lady Blue Bears opened the second half converting on three of their first four shots to go ahead of Fayetteville State 46-42. The Lady Broncos responded to take the lead back less than four minutes later 50-48. FSU's seven-point lead (62-55) would be the largest of the half as both teams held leads of less than five points for the remainder of the half.
The Lady Broncos had a chance to increase their one-point (78-77) lead with 37 seconds remaining but could not make either free throw. Livingstone would go ahead in the final seconds after making six consecutive free throws.
FSU finished the game shooting 51 percent (26-of-51) overall but were just 23-of-37 (62.2%) at the charity stripe. The Lady Blue Bears shot 46 percent (29-of-63) and were 17-of-23 at the free-throw line for a 73.9 percent clip. LC was successful on 12-of-15 free throws in the second half while the Lady Broncos were 11-of-22.
Fayetteville State led in points in the paint 36-30 and 14-8 in fast-break points. Livingstone held a 26-23 lead in points off turnovers and 15-11 in second-chance points.
Kelcyn Manurs scored a game-high 27 points for the Lady Blue Bears. Cierra York recorded 14 points while Jasmine Murray chipped in 12.
The Lady Broncos will return to Felton J. Capel Arena on Saturday, Jan. 26 to take on the Winston-Salem State Lady Rams at 5:30 p.m.