Fayetteville, NC – The Fayetteville State University men's basketball team squeezed past Voorhees College of a 69-66 non-conference victory on Tuesday, November 15th at Felton J. Capel Arena. FSU improves to 1-2 overall, while the Tigers fall to 3-4 in the standings.
The Broncos outscored Voorhees in bunches as the first half progressed. Redshirt sophomore forward William Tibbs (Winston-Salem, NC) hit a jumper off the glass with 16:17 on the clock for a 10-2 led in the first half. Redshirt junior guard Carl McCray (Roper, NC) contributed to a larger advantage with back to back three-pointers. The Tigers trailed 19-4 with 12:41 left before the half.
Down the stretch, McCray drained his fourth three-pointer of the first half. Voorhees faced a 39-21 deficit at the break.
Fayetteville State shot 48% (13-27) from the floor and 66% (8-12) from the foul line in the opening. The Tigers struggled shooting only connecting on 1-of-13 (7%) from long range and 6-of-29 (20%) from the field. FSU held a 23-17 rebounding advantage in the first frame.
McCray had 12 points and four rebounds, shooting 4-4 from beyond the arc. Redshirt freshman guard Josh Bryant (Fayetteville, NC) followed with six points. Denzel Famble had a first half-high of six points for the Tigers.
In the second half, the Broncos continued the onslaught for much of the period. By the 9:57 mark, FSU held a 60-33 advantage after a free throw from senior forward Michael Tyson (Kinston, NC). Voorhees began chipping away at the Fayetteville State lead with less than six minutes to play.
The Tigers produced a 10-0 run to cut their deficit down to 64-53 with 2:14 on the clock. Senior forward Dont'e Reynolds (Kinston, NC) made a reverse layup at the 1:52 to break the Broncos scoreless drought. Voorhees outscored FSU 12-2 in the final 76 seconds of the game, including a buzzer beater three from Greg Henry.
The Broncos did enough in the first 35 minutes of play to secure a 69-66 victory on their home floor. FSU shot 42% (11-26) from the floor and only 43% (7-16) from the charity stripe in the second half. McCray capped the night with a game-high 21 points. Raynor and Bryant pitched in 10 and nine points, respectively.
Henry led Voorhees with 17 points and five rebounds. Famble had 14 points and four boards for the Tigers.
FSU returns to the court on Thursday, November 17th against Morris College. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m. inside Felton J. Capel Arena.