FSU's Trent Elliott (left) battles for a loose ball. 

The woes continued here Saturday afternoon for Fairmont State's men's basketball team.

Winston-Salem State University paid a visit to the Joe Retton Arena yesterday and took full advantage of a season-high 24 turnovers by the Falcons to hand FSU its second straight loss and its fourth setback of the season, 80-75.

The loss was the fourth straight at home for Fairmont State and dropped the Falcons to 5-4 overall. It also marked the first time that FSU has suffered four straight home losses since the 2011-12 season.

“It's kind of become a broken record for us. We just don't play very smart as a team,” said FSU coach Jerrod Calhoun. “One game we'll give up a lot of threes and in another we won't. One game we'll rebound and in another we won't. Right now we have all the characteristics of a bad team. We're not solid in any one facet of the game.

“Today we had just six assists and gave up 24 turnovers. That's a major problem. I don't think I've ever seen a stat like that – 24 turnovers and just six assists. That's mind-boggling as a coach. It's frustrating and embarrassing. I haven't slept for weeks. Right now I just feel like a terrible coach because we're not getting any positive results.”

The Rams, who improved to 6-1 with their fifth straight victory, scored 31 of their 80 points off of the Falcons' 24 turnovers. They also wiped out a four-point Fairmont State lead in the game's final 4:15 by outscoring the Falcons, 11-2 down the stretch.

Three of Fairmont's four losses this season have come by five points or less. Once again Saturday FSU had chances to win in the final minute and failed to capitalize on them in a close game which featured 12 ties and 20 lead changes.

Find the full story in Sunday's Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527. 

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