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Fitchburg State Drops Battle of Falcons

January 3, 2019

The Fitchburg State University women’s basketball team dropped a 90-59 decision to Albertus Magnus College in non-conference action Wednesday evening at the Parkinson Gymnasium.

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Fitchburg State (6-5) netted the first basket of the game, a jumper from sophomore Mishelle Logie before Albertus Magnus (11-1) put together a 12-0 run to take control. Senior Kristin Cunning paced the visitors with nine points in the frame as AMC raced to a 28-6 lead after one.

Fitchburg closed the gap to 33-14 midway through the second stanza with an 8-2 run highlighted by back-to-back layups from freshman Jadelen Harold. AMC closed out the first half with a 9-0 run to make the score 48-18 at intermission.

Following the break, Fitchburg State cut into the deficit after a 7-2 stretch on pair of buckets from junior Catherine Coppinger and three from the charity stripe for Logie, before Albertus Magnus answered back with eight straight points to end the third quarter. Sophomore Cassie Couture contributed five points in the run.

In the final quarter of play, the Green and Gold won the frame 26-19, but it wasn’t enough as the visitors cruised to the 90-59 final.

Fitchburg State shot 21-of-79 (26.6 percent) from the field and 9.1 percent (2-for-22) from three point range, while the guests went 34-of-70 (48.6) overall, including 10-for-29 from beyond the arc.

The Green and Gold were led by Coppinger with a team-leading 13 points and 17 rebounds, while Harold added 12 points.

For Albertus Magnus, senior Jill Johnson finished with a game-best 22 points, while Cunning chipped in with 17 points and three rebound.

Fitchburg State returns to action Saturday, traveling to Framingham State to start MASCAC play at 5 p.m.

FSU men earn road win

The Fitchburg State men’s basketball team defeated Regis College, 90-82, Wednesday in Weston.

Regis (5-7) grabbed a 4-0 advantage to open the contest on buckets from juniors Josh Germain and Dimitri Rosa before Fitchburg State answered with back-to-back 3s by junior Andre Ruff and classmate Nicholas Tracy to knot the score at 6.

With the scored tied at 14, the Pride regained the lead as senior Juvens Dalger drained a 3 before the Falcons took a 29-28 edge as Ruff connected on a pair of free throws. Following a free throw by freshman Tayjaun McKenzie, Regis capped the first half scoring when senior Devante Thompson hit a jumper to give the host a 39-34 margin going into the break.

In the second half, Regis upped its lead to 41-3 on a basket by Germain, but Fitchburg State battle back, going on an 11-2 run to take a 45-43 margin on a Ruff jumper. The Pride responded with a layup from senior Adenola Afonja before the Falcons answered again as Tracy drilled a 3 for the 52-49 lead.

The two teams continued to trade baskets before Fitchburg State opened up a 10-point lead with just under two minutes remaining in the contest on a layup from Tracy.

The Falcons (4-8) were led by Ruff with a team-best 21 points and 8 rebounds, while Tracy added 21 points, 3 boards and 3 assists.Afonja paced the Pride with a game-leading 29 points.

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