Fort Valley rallies past KSU

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Kentucky State's men's basketball team led for most of the game, but the last few minutes belonged to Fort Valley State.

The Wildcats defeated KSU 58-53 Tuesday night at the Exum Center after taking the lead for good with 3:55 left in the game.

"I think the turning point of the game was when we got called for a foul, a charge, then we got a technical," KSU coach Thomas Patterson said. "They shot the free throws and got the ball, and that kind of turned everything around."

The Thorobreds were clinging to a one-point lead, 44-43, when Michael Dupree was called for a charging foul. Teammate Anthony Diggs was called for a technical right after that for bouncing the ball a little too strongly, and with 3:55 left FVSU's Ray Northern hit both free throws on the technical.

Allen Early scored on the Wildcats' next possession, putting Fort Valley ahead 47-44 with 3:34 remaining. K-State could get no closer than three points the rest of the way.

"The player said he wasn't frustrated," Patterson said about the technical. "He said he was bouncing the ball to the referee and just bounced it a little too hard.

"That kind of changed the tone of the game right there," he added. "We weren't able to convert, and they came down and hit some big shots."

Some of the biggest shots came from Early who finished with 14 points, 10 in the second half.

Early also had a game-high 18 rebounds as the Wildcats outrebounded KSU 47-36. The Thorobreds held the rebounding advantage at halftime 21-19.

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