Sluggish Start Plagues JCSU in 63-55 Loss to Fayetteville State

Charlotte, NC (Jan. 14, 2017) – Visiting Fayetteville State University held Johnson C. Smith University without a field goal for the first 5:27 and led throughout to take the CIAA Southern Divisional opener for both teams, 63-55 at Brayboy Gym on Saturday afternoon.

The Broncos started off on a 12-0 run over that span and never trailed. JCSU was able to finally get on the board when freshman Cayse Minor (Winston-Salem, N.C.) drained a three-pointer at the 14:33 mark.

JCSU then trimmed the FSU lead to 19-14 after an Arthur Bennett (Powder Springs, Ga.) layup with 6:39 remaining on the first half clock.

After Fayetteville State pushed the lead back to 10 at 24-14, JCSU again whittled the lead to 24-20 after a pair of Christian Williams (Chesapeake, Va.) free throws. After the Broncos Joshua Dawson hit a three-pointer, JCSU's Christian Kirchman (Roanoke, Va.) capped the first half scoring with a layup at the buzzer to go into the break trailing 27-22.

In the second half, JCSU again got within four points after Gabon Williams (Charlotte, N.C.) knocked down a three-pointer, but FSU again fought off the JCSU rally and then extended their lead to 11 points (56-45) at the 5:01 mark after a Dawson jumper.

The Golden Bulls could get no closer than eight points the rest of the way as FSU took the 63-55 win.

FSU shot 47.9% (23-of-48) on the night and knocked down seven from long range in the win. The Broncos got 15 points and nine rebounds from Josh Bryant while teammate Joshua Dawson also had 15. Isaiah Vinson was the other Bronco in double-figures, finishing with 12 points.

JCSU was led by Gabon Williams, as he finished with 12 points on the night. Minor had 10 points as the only other JCSU player in double-figures.

The loss drops JCSU to 6-9 overall, 2-3 in CIAA play and 0-1 in Southern Division play. FSU improves to 7-8 overall, 3-4 in CIAA action and 1-0 in the division.

The Golden Bulls will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 18 with a 7:30 p.m. road tilt at St. Augustine's.