Perez nets game-best 28 points to lead Fitchburg State to non-conference victory
Fitchburg, Mass. – The Fitchburg State University men's basketball team defeated the Cougars of Clark University, 90-70 in non-conference action this evening at the Parkinson Gymnasium.
Score: Fitchburg State 90, Clark 70
Records: Fitchburg State (3-4) | Clark (2-6)
How It Happened
The two teams traded baskets over the first 11 minutes of play before the Falcons went on an 11-0 run, highlighted by three pointers from freshman Brandon Guerrero (Corona, Calif.) and junior Jonathan Perez (Lowell, Mass.) to take a 33-22 margin.
Clark cut into the deficit (33-26) following a jumper by freshman Tyler Danvern (Webster, Mass.) before the Green and Gold closed out the half with a trey from Perez and a layup by junior Jerrell Gomes (Providence, R.I.) to take a 45-30 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, the Falcons extended its lead (58-32) on three pointer by sophomore Tyrell St. John (Stamford, Conn.), but the Cougars battled back, going on a 13-1 run midway through the frame as junior Luca McCormick (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) collected six points, while Davern chipped in with five points to make the score 64-54.
The hosts secured its third win on the year as junior Joshawa Babb (Lynn, Mass.) sank a pair of free-throws, while classmate Dante Ramos (Miami, Fla.) connected on a layup, resulting in the 90-70 final.
Inside the Numbers,
For the Green and Gold, Perez finished with a game-best 28 points and eight caroms, while senior Troy DaCosta (Cambridge, Mass.), Gomez and Guerrero added 12 points each.
Clark was paced by Davern with a team-best 17 points and three boards, while McCormick chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds.
Fitchburg State shot 37-for-79 (46.8%) from the field and (7-of-21) 33.3% from beyond the arc.
Clark went 25-for-72 (34.7%) overall and (3-of-24) 12.5% from three point range.
The Falcons controlled the boards, holding a 55-38 margin on the glass, while the converted 15 turnovers into 17 points on the offensive end.
15th meeting between the two schools on the hardwood with the Falcons 5-10 all-time when taking on the Cougars.
Fitchburg State has won three for the last four contests against Clark.
Falcons will travel to Williams College on Thursday to take on the Ephs for a contest starting at 7:00 P.M. Cougars will host the Nighthawks of Newbury College on Saturday for a 2:00 P.M. tipoff.