Nov. 22, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. – With four different players finishing in double-figures, which included a game-high 24 points from Adam Fahey, the Falcons of Fitchburg State University (4-0) rallied in the second half to defeat men’s basketball (0-2) by the final score of 87-81 Tuesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center.
Fahey’s night was the results of 9-of-17 shooting from the floor, which included three clutch 3-pointers in the second half, and a perfect 3-for-3 showing at the line. Zach Valliere was also big from the floor and on the glass with his double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Selby picked-up 18 points in the win, and Kyle Berk added another 11 to help the Falcons to their first 4-0 mark since the mid-90’s.
For the Beacons, freshman Vinny DeLucia (Miami, Fl.) had a career night with 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting, which also included two 3-pointers. At the line, DeLucia was 1-for-2 to cap off his team and career best performance. Senior Isaac Jenkins (Pordenone, Italy) notched his first double-double of the year after scoring 18 points, while also pulling down 12 rebounds. Defensively he was just as solid tallying seven turnovers. Little East Conference Rookie of the Week, Cody Edmond (Plaquemine, La.) combined for 12 points and seven boards.
As a team the Beacons shot 39.8% on 33-of 83 shooting. For the Falcons their night consisted of 36-of-80 shooting from the field, which included six 3-pointers. Both teams struggled from the line with Fitchburg converting only 9 of their 14 chances, and UMass 11 of their 24 opportunities at the charity strip.
UMass Boston dominated on the glass and in the blocks column as they out rebounded the Falcons 53-47 and out blocked them 7-3. Defensively they also led the game in steals with 21, while the Falcons managed 18.
Tuesday’s match-up was a fast-paced contest from start to finish. UMass Boston coming off their tough loss to Ramapo College last week, came out fired-up looking to the Falcons recent win-streak. The second the ball went up in the air for the opening tip, players from both teams gave everything they had as they battled up and down the hardwood for all 40 minutes of play. On top of the speed, Tuesday’s match-up was a physical one as well with both teams pushing themselves to the limit on every possession.
The Beacons came out firing in the opening minutes, which gave them an early six point lead in the first three minutes of play (10-4). Fitchburg would find their rhythm early and would quickly take control of the scoreboard four minute later.
Fitchburg would maintain at-most a four point lead through the halfway point of the opening frame. It was not until an Edmond lay-up that tied the score for the eighth time in the first half, that the Beacons would regain control of the scoreboard.
Edmond, along with Yusuke Fukata (Osaka, Japan), DeLucia, and Jenkins would lead the Beacons on a 12-5 run over the last two minutes and 24 seconds to give UMass Boston a 42-39 lead going into the locker room.
After the intermission, the Falcons would respond with a run of their own and soared to a 12 point lead in the first five minutes of the new half. The Beacons would continue to chip away at the lead, but with fast-breaks and quick changes in possession, Fitchburg was able to maintain their lead, despite a late rally from UMass Boston. With two minutes left in the game, the Beacons quickly cut Fitchburg’s 10 point lead down two five with another strong push. Unfortunately, the late surge was not enough as the Falcons held onto the six-point win.
Men’s basketball returns to the Clark Athletic Center on Friday when they host Wheelock College at 7:30 p.m. in the first round of the 27th Annual Harbor Invitational. In game one it will be Trinity College (Conn.) taking on Framingham State University at 5:30 p.m.