FSU Broncos Claim Seventh Victory in a Tough 67-62 Battle with JCSU

Feb. 7, 2018

Charlotte, NC – Fayetteville State had a tough task in Brayboy Gymnasium. Beat Johnson C. Smith for the second time and win its seventh straight game.

The battle-tested Broncos (11-9 overall, 6-5 in the CIAA) accomplished both goals with a 67-62 win over the Golden Bulls (14-8 overall and 6-5 in the conference).

There were a total of nine lead changes and five score ties. Johnson C. Smith’s largest lead was by nine (32-23) with 1:15 left in the first half. The Broncos also led by nine (57-48), but with 4:44 left in the game.

Fayetteville State held on to an eight-point lead (62-54) with 1:58 left in regulation. After a couple turnovers, the Golden Bulls trailed by two (62-60) with 35 seconds left and 64-62 with 24 seconds left.

The Broncos made 16-of-23 free throws for the game. Of the 69.6% free throws made, FSU made 5 of 8 with two steals to secure its seventh straight victory and a 6-0 CIAA Southern Division record.

The first half was as intense as the anticipated rematch with the defending CIAA Champions. FSU led the first quarter 15-14.

The battle intensified in the second quarter as Johnson C. Smith outscored the Broncos 18-10 and led 32-25 at halftime.

Noni Kuumba (Tracy, CA) led Fayetteville State with 16 points. Kuumba turned four steals to score the majority of her points on fast break runs. Jade Bracey (Durham, NC) led the post-play with 15 points and 5-of-7 free throws, a game-high. Yakima Clifton (Durham) and Breona Jones (Henderson, NC) scored a dozen points.

Fayetteville State also won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding the Golden Bulls 44-34.


 

 

JCSU’s Kendall Adams led the game with 18 points. Jasmine Carter added 12 while La’Zarea Bowens scored ten.

Fayetteville State travels to Salisbury on Saturday, February 10th to take on the Blue Bears of Livingstone College. FSU holds a two-game lead over Winston-Salem State and seeks to secure a BYE round in the CIAA Tournament by winning the division with four games left.

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