Falcons Fend Off Vikings
The Fitchburg State University men’s basketball team downed Salem State, 102-96, in MASCAC action Wednesday evening at Parkinson Gymnasium.
After the teams traded the lead to open the first minutes of the game, Fitchburg State (5-9, 1-1 MASCAC) held a 10-6 advantage after sophomore Charles Doss cashed in a 3-point jump shot from the corner.
Salem State (7-8, 1-1) regained a 15-14 with an Evan Mason trey with 14:27 to play.
Doss gave the Falcons a 16-15 edge with a pair of free throws and the hosts took control. Devan Harris drained a 3-pointer and the hosts held an eight-point advantage (27-19) midway through the stanza.
Salem connected on a pair of layups from junior Hakeem Animashaun and freshman Melvin Worley to cut the deficit to 29-26, but the Falcons followed with a 14-6 run to hold a 43-33 advantage.
Senior Jonathan Perez notched five straight points for the Falcons to give the hosts a 58-46 lead heading into halftime.
After the break the Falcons built their biggest lead of the game at 68-51, posting a 7-0 run on baskets from junior Tyrell St. John, Doss and a trey from junior Andre Ruff.
While the Falcons maintained the advantage throughout the second half the Vikings didn’t go away. With two minutes to play junior Sean Bryan sank a 3-pointer to make the score 94-87. Trailing by six, Bryant connected on a four-point play to make it a 94-94 game with 1:12 to play.
The Falcons answered with a pair at the charity strip from Tayjaun McKenzie and buckets from Ruff and Nicholas Tracy to seal the win.
Fitchburg State was paced by Perez with a team-leading 20 points and eight boards, while McKenzie added 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Ruff added 15 points, Tracy had 15 and St. John contributed 10, while Doss had a team-best 12 rebounds along with 9 points.
For Salem, Animashaun finished with a game-best 33 points and 16 rebounds, while Bryan chipped in with 22 points and 11 boards.
The Falcons return to action Wednesday, traveling to MCLA for a 5:30 p.m. contest.
FSU women garner victory
The Fitchburg State women’s basketball team claimed a 61-54 MASCAC win over Salem State at home Wednesday night.
Catherine Coppinger scored 20 points and pulled down 20 rebounds to lead the Falcons (7-6, 1-1), while Angelina Marazzi added 18 points of her own.
Kia Fernandes scored a game-high 22 points for Salem State (2-12, 0-2).