HOW IT HAPPENED
RIC sophomore guard CJ
Donaldson (Bridgeport, CT) notched 17 points, added five
rebounds and handed out five assists.
Freshman guard Adham Floyd
(Worcester, MA) narrowly missed a double-double with 13 points
and nine rebounds in the loss for the Anchormen.
Junior guard Jerrell Gomes
(Providence, RI) led the way for Fitchburg State with 18 points,
three rebounds and two assists.
Junior guard Jonathan Perez
(Lowell, MA) tallied 17 points, seven rebounds and seven
assists, while sophomore guard Tyrell St. John (Stamford, CT)
had 16 points and two boards in the win for the Falcons.
RIC trailed, 18-17, midway through
the first half before going on a 13-4 run, capped by a layup from
junior center Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI), for a 30-22 lead
with 4:59 left in the first half.
Fitchburg State responded and
knotted the game, 37-37, heading into the locker room at halftime.
The Anchormen regained the lead
early in the second half and pulled ahead, 48-41, on a layup from
Donaldson with 15:50 left in the contest.
Fitchburg State then went on a
12-0 run to take a 53-48 advantage with 13:38 remaining.
The two teams traded leads for the
next six minutes with the score tied, 61-61, after a layup from
Donaldson with 7:03 left.
It was a back and forth affair down
the stretch with Fitchburg State leading, 73-71, with three seconds
left on the clock. The Anchormen had one last shot at the buzzer,
but Floyd couldn't connect as the Falcons held on for the victory.