The Times West Virginian

Sports

January 13, 2013

FSU blasts Mountain Lions, moves into second

ATHENS — Fairmont State took over second place in the 15-team West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings with a convincing 79-59 road victory over Concord University Saturday afternoon here at the Carter Center.

The streaking Falcons, who have won four straight and seven of their last eight outings, improved to 9-3 overall and to 7-1 in the league. FSU trails unbeaten West Liberty, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, in the conference standings. The Hilltoppers, who were idle Saturday are 14-0 overall and 8-0 in the league. West Liberty will host FSU this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at ASRC.

First, however, Fairmont has an important showdown with West Virginia State Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. the Joe Retton Arena. The Falcons are just 1-5 in their last six meetings with the Yellow Jackets. FSU's last victory over West Virginia State was in 2010.

Saturday, Fairmont continued its progression as a team. For the third straight time FSU seized control of the game early and didn't let up as it rolled to the 20-point win.

“We've taken the approach that we've got to get better every day in practice and I thought we had some tremendous practices leading up to this game,” said first-year Fairmont State head coach Jerrod Calhoun. “Our attention to detail has been terrific and I think we're playing really well at the right time. Good teams play well in January and we're doing that. This is a crucial stretch of games for us. We're not looking ahead by any means because we've got a big, big game Monday night at home against West Virginia State which is a team which just beat Shepherd at home at the buzzer.

“I used a little quote from Nick Saban this weekend to inspire our kids. I'm reading his book right now and I told our guys we've got to prepare very hard for teams and out-work teams in practices so that when we get into the games we're going to be ready to go. I think they've bought into it and that's good for us.”

Against Concord, Fairmont opened a 37-22 advantage with 3:32 left in the first half before the Mountain Lions rallied and closed the gap to just seven at 37-30 at the break. In the second half, however, led by Isaac Thornton, Isaiah Hill, Malik Stith and Brendan Cooper FSU wasted little time extending its lead to 18 thanks to a 15-4 spurt to start the final 20 minutes.

Thornton scored eight of his game-high 18 points during that 5:20 span.

“Give our coaching staff credit for challenging us to play hard and aggressive and give Malik credit for coming up with some steals and getting us going on the break there,” said Thornton. “He does that very well. He's a point guard who can score, but also he does a great job of getting everyone else involved.”

Concord, though, didn't quit. Instead, the Mountain Lions rallied and closed the gap to 10 at 56-46 with 11:23 left to play. Fairmont, however, answered the challenge with stingy defense and aggressive offense to outscore Concord 20-10 over the course of the next nine minutes to extend its lead to 20.

“Our defense is a work in progress and we'd like to think we're getting better at it,” said Thornton, who along with his teammates has been part of an FSU defense which has held three straight opponents below 60 points. “I've said before that defense is the heart of this team and we've got to keep working on it and keep getting better at it. We know we haven't seen the better or higher-ranked teams in the league yet, but we're taking games one at a time and trying to make ourselves better, not only on defense but in all areas.”

Hill finished with 16 points and six rebounds for Fairmont. Ten of his points came in the second half. The Falcons also got 15 points, six rebounds and four assists from Cooper and 12 points, seven assists and four steals from Stith before he fouled out with 3:35 left to play.

Stevie Browning, Ke'Chaun Lewis, Chase Morgan and Andrew Gunnoe all added four points apiece for the Falcons.

Concord, which didn't help itself in the contest by going just 18-of-34 at the foul line (52.9 percent), was led by Mike Boyd's 16 points and five rebounds. Damien Tunstalle was the only other Mountain Lion to reach double figures in the scoring column. He finished with 11 points and six rebounds.

As noted, FSU returns home Monday for a 7:30 p.m. battle with West Virginia State at the Joe Retton Arena.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Pirates finish off suspended game, fall in nightcap

    Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole’s winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays.

    April 16, 2014

  • WVU’s Harlee named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete

    The Big 12 Conference announced its Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients for the 2014 winter sport season, and West Virginia University senior Jess Harlee earns the honor for women’s basketball.
    Harlee was selected as the award winner based on a vote of each respective sport’s head coaching group, with coaches not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.

    April 16, 2014

  • EFHS Softball - CB.jpg East can’t overcome No. 7 Lincoln, falls, 4-0

    Thunder clouds weren’t the only thing looming over the East Fairmont (6-6) softball team Monday when the Lady Bees hosed No. 7 Lincoln. Joining the ominous clouds was a sense of urgency for energy that never showed up as Lincoln was able to shut out East Fairmont, 4-0.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gyorko, Padres agree to extension

    Jedd Gyorko, who hasn’t hit much of anything with a .178 start on this season, hit the jackpot on Monday, signing a six-year contract extension with the San Diego Padres for $35 million with a one-year club option at $13 million.

    April 15, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN- Spring game showed defense has improved

    From Dana Holgorsen’s viewpoint, which was standing right behind the offense, West Virginia’s Gold-Blue Spring Game on Saturday was a rousing success for it showed very little of what the Mountaineers will be in this coming season, probably not even showcasing the man who will direct the offense in the quarterback position.

    April 15, 2014

  • WVU signs guard; Adrian arrested for DUI

    There was something good and something bad for West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins this past weekend as Kansas junior college player Tarik Phillip committed to play for the Mountaineers but rising sophomore Nathan Adrian was charged with Under 21 DUI after he was stopped at 1:20 a.m. Sunday for an expired registration sticker.

    April 15, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN- Most plays good, some not so good in Gold-Blue scrimmage

    There appeared to be a fine mixture of plays, most good with some not so good, in last Saturday’s West Virginia University’s Gold-Blue football scrimmage.

    April 15, 2014

  • APTOPIX Masters Golf_time.jpg Bubba wins another green jacket at Augusta

    Bubba Watson’s second Masters title was nothing like the green jacket he won two years ago.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Experience counts on Sunday in the Masters

    There’s a reason no rookie has won the Masters in the 35 years since Fuzzy Zoeller pulled it off.
    And that’s a big reason Bubba Watson is now the proud owner of two green jackets.

    April 14, 2014

  • FSHS #20-UHS  #1, 6-TS.jpg Kesling’s bat powers Polar Bears

    When Fairmont Senior’s Johnny Kesling stepped into the batter’s box this past week, it was game over.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
NDN Sports
House Ads
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos