MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS AT FITCHBURG STATE IN SEASON OPENER, 71-55
Nov. 25, 2008
Fitchburg, MA - Senior guard Brian Torres (North Dighton, MA) led a balanced offensive attack dropping 24 points on an 8 for 15 shooting performance to lead the Fitchburg College State Falcons past the University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons, 71-55 on the campus of Fitchburg State College Tuesday night. The Falcons improve to (3-1) on the season, while the Beacons fall to (0-1).
After freshman forward Paul Kielb (Boston, MA) connected on a jumper with 14:29 to play in the first half to tie the score at 10-10, the Falcons rattled off eight consecutive points capped by senior guard Jeffery Kozik's (Auburn, MA) jumper with 10:07 left on the clock to put FSC ahead 18-10. Kozik finished the game with 11 points in 29 minutes of action.
Junior forward Pat Joseph (Queens, NY) ended the Falcon run by converting a layup with 6:19 remaining in the half, but the Fitchburg would close out the stanza going on 12-6 run to take a 30-20 lead into the locker room at the break.
After a dunk by Torres to start the second half, the Beacons watched a 10 point halftime deficit turn into a 20 point margin by the 9:16 mark. UMB would then fight to get back into the game, going on its own 19-9 run, capped by a Joseph layup with 3:49 to play to cut the score to 59-49, FSC.
Fitchburg State increased its lead back up to 17 points when junior center Timothy Graham (Arlington, MA) connected on a jumper for a 65-40 advantage with 5:25 in the contest. Graham finished the night in double figures, netting 14 points on a 6 for 7 shooting display.
Another Joseph layup with 3:59 to play put the Beacons back within 10 points, trailing 56-46 but that was the closest they would get as FSC finished out the game on another 12-6 run, just as they had closed out the first half.
For the Beacons, Joseph led the team with 17 points, shooting 7-12 from the floor. Kielb finished the night with seven points, connecting on his only three point attempt of the game. Sophomore guard Anthony Brewster (Boston, MA) provided a solid lift off the bench netting eight points while hitting two of his three trifectas in 19 minutes of action.
Fitchburg State will be in action again next Thursday as it travels to Elms College at 7 p.m. UMass Boston will host the Harbor Invitational Tournament on Friday starting at 5:30 p.m. when it faces Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts at the Clark Athletic Center.