Men's Basketball Falters at Fitchburg State, 73-65

Men's Basketball Falters at Fitchburg State, 73-65

FITCHBURG, Mass. – The Castleton University men's basketball team's road woes continued on Tuesday evening, falling to Fitchburg State by a final score of 73-65 in non-conference play.

Tank Roberson led the way for Castleton (3-6) with 25 points, while Richard Walker added 15 points and seven rebounds. Ben Mrowka chipped in with seven boards of his own, while three different players dished out three assists apiece.

Kameron Jimenez-Fox posted a double-double for the home side, racking up 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor and 8-of-12 at the free-throw line while pulling in a game-high 12 rebounds. Charlie Ollis added 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor, while Nicholas Tracy had 10 points and five rebounds for Fitchburg State (2-9).

Both sides shot the ball equally, as Castleton was 25-of-62 from the field (40.3 percent) while the Falcons were 28-of-69 from the floor (40.6 percent). Neither side was accurate from long range as the two teams combined for just seven made threes. The Falcon bench outscored the Spartan reserves by a 31-18 margin while Fitchburg State turned in 19 second-chance points to Castleton's 12 after dominating the glass by a healthy margin, 51-33.

Fitchburg State jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead behind the strength of a 5-0, but Castleton knotted the game up just minutes later on a three-ball from Eric Shaw. After Fitchburg State moved out in front again, Shaw once more leveled the score with a three, but the Falcons answered with seven consecutive points to open up their lead to the largest margin of the half, 22-15. Castleton chipped away over the remaining minutes, capping the half with a put-back layup by Walker to head into the locker room trailing by just three points, 34-31.

Each side traded a basket to open play in the second half, but Castleton quickly found itself in a hole as Fitchburg State sparked an 8-0 run that spanned more than four minutes before Roberson converted a three-point play with a layup and free throw to make it 46-36. The Falcons added a pair of baskets back-to-back to push its lead to 14 points, the largest margin of the contest, with 12 minutes to play.

The Spartans worked to narrow the gap the remainder of the way, cutting the Falcon lead to just six points with 2:32 to play on a pair of free throws by Roberson, but Fitchburg State held off the Castleton comeback until the final horn to claim victory, 73-65.

The Spartans wrap up the first half of their schedule on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Connecticut to take on the University of St. Joseph. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.