by Broncos Sports Information Department
Raleigh, NC – The Fayetteville State University men's basketball team earned a 72-70 divisional victory over Shaw University on Wednesday, January 25th at the C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. FSU improves to 8-10 overall, 4-6 in the CIAA, and 2-2 in the Southern, while the Bears fall to 9-10 overall, 5-4 in the conference, and 3-1 in the division.
There were four ties and four lead changes in the opening half. Shaw managed to close out the first half with a 32-30 advantage. Senior forward Michael Tyson (Kinston, NC) and redshirt junior guard Carl McCray (Roper, NC) each had six points in the initial period. FSU led the Bears 16-14 in rebounding and 12-8 in points in the paint.
By the 8:18 mark of the second half, the contest reached its 11th tie (52-52). The contest remained a seesaw battle in the final seconds. Tyson made a jumper off an assist from senior guard Joshua Dawson (Kinston, NC) to give the Broncos a 70-67 lead with 42 seconds on the clock.
On the ensuing possession, Benji Bell knotted up the game for the 14th time with a three pointer. With 25 seconds remaining in regulation and the shot clock off, junior guard Willie Gilmore (Fayetteville, NC) launched a three pointer in the final seconds. Senior guard Rasean Brewington (Goldsboro, NC) grabbed the offensive board and scored the put back layup just before time expired.
In the second half, the Broncos outscored Shaw in fast break points (8-0), points off turnovers (12-5), and points in the paint (20-12).
Tyson had a team-high 12 points, followed by Gilmore with 11 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Redshirt freshman guard Josh Bryant chipped in 10 points, while Dawson concluded the contest with 13 assists and seven points.
Bell ended the evening with a game-high 21 points. Joshua Cassady and Larry Richardson had 18 and 14 points, respectively.
"We found a way to get it done; winning on the road in this division is no easy task," said head coach Ken Spencer. "Now we have to showcase some consistency and keep working to get better every day."
Fayetteville State returns to the court on Saturday, January 28th for a nationally televised game against Saint Augustine's University. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. at Felton J. Capel Arena.