Trojans Hang On To Beat Fayetteville State, 81-71

FLORENCE, S.C. -- J.R. Howell scored 19 points and Randy Javois and O'Tey Sellers added 14 points apiece to lead Anderson College to an 81-71 victory over Fayetteville State in a non-conference game Friday night at Smith Center at Francis Marion University. Anderson, 1-1 overall, shot 58 percent from field for the game, including a blistering 60 percent (15-25) in the second half. Anderson did a lot of damage from long distance. The Trojans were 11-for-21 from behind the arc. Howell, a junior from Clemson, was 7-for-8 from the field and 5-for-6 from 3-point range. Anderson took the lead four minutes into the game and never trailed again. Anderson's largest lead in the first half was 17 -- 41-24 -- with 1:13 remaining in the period. In the second half, the Trojans gave most of the lead back. A free throw by Antwan House with 5:07 remaining cut the Anderson lead to 66-64. But the Trojans closed out the game with a 15-7 run. A 3-point goal by Howell with 2:04 remaining pushed the Anderson lead to 76-68. A conventional 3-point play by Tariq Naqquash put Anderson back ahead by double digits -- 79-69 with 48 seconds to play. John LeSueur also scored in double figures for Anderson with 12 points. Anderson finished with 21 assists, six apiece by Sellers and Alfred Boykin. Fayetteville State, which shot just 42 percent from the field, was led by Clarence Ferguson with 15 points. Anderson played just seven players, while Fayetteville State played 16. Ferguson also was the game's leading rebounder with nine. The loss evens Fayetteville State's record at 1-1. Anderson plays host Francis Marion Saturday at 8 p.m.
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