FITCHBURG, Mass. – Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.) turned in a game-high 27 points and Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) chipped in with 20 points as the Clark University men's basketball team were topped by Fitchburg State, 90-79, in non-conference action at the Parkinson Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
Score: Falcons 90, Cougars 79
Records: Clark University (0-2) | Fitchburg State (2-0)
How it Happened
Davern posted a new season-high of 27 points on 11-of-17 from the field and also corralled six rebounds in the non-conference setback. Gayman finished with his second consecutive 20-plus point performance while Joel Arteaga (Wyncote, Pa.) and Anthony Grzembski (Webster, Mass.) each chipped in eight points apiece on a combined four three-pointers.
The Cougars nabbed a 13-6 lead early in the contest as Gayman sparked the team with five of their thirteen points, finishing the run with a deep corner triple. Fitchburg State responded, knotting the score at 20-20 on five straight points from senior Nicholas Tracy.
The Falcons extended their lead to double-digits shortly after as Devan Harris cashed in on a pair at the charity stripe with 3:46 to go in the frame. The Cougars kept it close with a lay-in from Gayman with 1:55 to play, but the host was able to extend the margin, 45-31, headed into the halftime break.
Following intermission, the Cougars cut the deficit 47-41 as a three-pointer from Sean Christy (Cumberland, R.I.) with 16:43 left capped off a 10-2 scoring run to start the frame. But the Falcons quickly re-upped the advantage as six points in under a minute from Charles Doss gave the host possession of a 65-47 margin.
Clark University countered with their best run of the game as a 17-6 scoring drive, capped off on the break with a lay-up from Davern, cut the deficit to 73-68. But Fitchburg State was able to outscore the Cougars 17-11 over the final five minutes of action to secure the 90-79 victory.
Clark University heads to Middletown, Conn. this weekend when it clashes with Maine-Presque Isle in opening round action of the Herb Kenny Tip-Off Tournament on November 15 at 8:00 pm.