Feb. 13, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Fayetteville State Lady Broncos made a run when they absolutely had to.
They fell one point short.
Fayetteville State's furious run over the game's last 5 minutes was nearly enough to complete a dramatic comeback, but in the end it wasn't quite enough as St. Augustine's held on for a tense 58-55 win at Emery Gymnasium on Monday night.
Fayetteville State trailed 56-43 with 4:34 to go in the game before Akysia Resper (So., Concord, N.C.) buried a 3-pointer to spark the spurt. The Lady Broncos held the Lady Falcons scoreless for more than 4 minutes, getting help from throughout the lineup.
SheQuitia Manning (Sr., Capital Heights, Md.) added a foul shot after Resper's 3, then Makeea Suggs (Jr., Bethel, N.C.) had a layup, DaQuondra Cuthbertson (Jr., Spencer, N.C.) had a bucket, Tashama Banner (Sr., Fayetteville, N.C.) added a foul shot and Je'Lena Robertson (So., Houston, Texas) hit a jumper, making up the dramatic 11-0 run to bring Fayetteville State within two, 56-54, with 2:04 to go.
The teams traded possessions without scoring before Cuthbertson was fouled with 29 seconds to go. She made the first foul shot, but missed the second, leading to two Brittany Torrain free throws with 24 seconds left to make it 58-55.
Fayetteville State had two chances at tying the game before the final horn, but couldn't connect.
Cuthbertson led the Lady Broncos with 13 points while Britney Whitehead (Jr., Enfield, N.C.) added eight.
Keyona Bryant and Umeka Benson each had 12 points to pace St. Augustine's.
The game was close throughout the first half, and St. Augustine's led 31-29 at the break.
Neither team got off to a good start in the second half, with the Lady Broncos holding the Lady Falcons scoreless for nearly 3 minutes. But St. Augustine's was just as tough on the defensive end, and eventually put enough offense together to mount an 18-5 run for a 49-36 lead with 8:48 remaining.
Fayetteville State, which entered the game having won three of its last four games, travels to play Barber-Scotia on Thursday.