Athens, WV – The Fayetteville State University men's basketball team dropped a non-conference contest 80-72 to the University of Charleston on the second and final day of the CIAA-MEC Challenge hosted by Concord University inside the Carter Center on Saturday, November 12th. FSU moves to 0-2 overall, while the Golden Eagles improve to 2-0 in the standings.
Fayetteville State jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first three and a half minutes of play. Charleston regrouped and responded with a 10-2 run, which gave them a 10-9 lead with 12:13 on the clock. The first half continued to be a tug of war battle with seven ties in the period. Redshirt sophomore forward William Tibbs (Winston-Salem, NC) made two free throws with 2:21 left in the half to knot up the score 29-29.
Senior guard Rasean Brewington (Goldsboro, NC) broke the tie with a three-pointer on the next possession. The Golden Eagles managed to outscore FSU 5-1 in the final 74 seconds, including two layups. Justin Coleman scored in the paint with three seconds remaining to give Charleston a 34-33 lead at the break.
Redshirt junior guard Jyonte' Raynor (Goldsboro, NC) and freshman guard Josh Bryant (Fayetteville, NC) each had six points in the first half. FSU shot 38% (11-29) from the floor, while Charleston only connected on 29% (9-31) of their shots. Elliott Cole had a team-high 13 points for the Golden Eagles in the opening half.
The game reached a 15th tie with 8:51 remaining. Shaq Speights made two free throws that gave Charleston a 58-57 lead. A pair of free throws from senior forward Michael Tyson (Kinston, NC) and then senior guard Joshua Dawson (Kinston, NC) had FSU trailing 62-61. Brewington gave the Broncos a 63-62 lead after grabbing his own rebound and scoring on the put back.
Fayetteville State had a scoring drought that lasted two crucial minutes down the stretch. Charleston produced a 9-0 run during the drought. The Golden Eagles maintained at least a two possession advantage for the remainder of the contest. Cole hit two foul shots in the closing seconds to account for the 80-72 final.
Brewington ended the night with a team-high 15 points, along with five rebounds. Raynor and Bryant each had 11 points. Tibbs finished with eight points, four boards, two assists, and a block.
Cole had a game-high 24 points for Charleston. Keir Anderson and Speights pitched in 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Fayetteville State will return to the court on their home floor against Voorhees College on Tuesday, November 15th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Felton J. Capel Arena.