Greenwood, SC – The Fayetteville State University men's basketball team outlasted Lander University for a 97-92 overtime win against Lander University on Friday, November 25th in the Finis Horne Holiday Classic at the Horne Arena. FSU improves to 3-3 overall, while the Bearcats fall to 2-2 in the standings.
Senior forward Michael Tyson produced a team-high 24 points, along with five rebounds. Redshirt freshman guard Josh Bryant (Fayetteville, NC) added 19 points, eight boards, and four steals. Redshirt junior guard Carl McCray (Roper, NC) and junior guard Willie Gilmore (Fayetteville, NC) contributed with 17 and 12 points, respectively. Gilmore also had six assists.
The Broncos outscored Lander 13-8 in the overtime period. Tyson had nine of the 13 points and Bryant scored the remaining four points at the foul line down the stretch. FSU shot 53% (18-33) from the field, compared to 42% (29-68) shooting from the Bearcats.
Fayetteville State held a 44-37 lead at the end of the first half. Lander lost the points in the paint battle 18-10 in the opening frame. Tyson had 12 points at intermission. McCray dropped in 11 points, including shooting 60% (3-5) from the three point line.
Lander trailed by double digits (74-63) with only 2:17 left in regulation. Rahu Purdie sparked a personal 5-0 run for the Bearcats with a layup and three foul shots. McCray scored a layup and Bryant made two FTs to keep FSU up 78-70 with 1:31 on the clock.
The Broncos shot 3-7 (42%) from the free throw line in the final 75 seconds. Meanwhile, Lander made four field goals to include two three-pointers. J.R. Washington managed to tie the game 84-84 with two FTs with 10 seconds remaining in regulation.
FSU shot a solid 78% (11-14) in the extra period to secure their first road win of the year.
Rahu Purdie had a game-high 27 points for Lander. Washington finished with a double-double of 25 points and 12 boards, along with seven turnovers.
Fayetteville State returns to the court on Saturday, November 26th against Armstrong State University in the second day of the Finis Horne Holiday Classic. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. at the Horne Arena.