Tracy Scores 29 in Fitchburg State Defeat
FITCHBURG -- Junior Nick Tracy scored a game-high 29 points, but it wasn’t enough to save the Fitchburg State University men’s basketball team from a hard-fought 95-90 home loss to Bridgewater State on Thursday.
The Falcons (8-10, 4-2 MASCAC) sprinted out to an 8-2 lead, culminating with a jumper from the elbow from junior Charles Doss, of Fitchburg. However the Bears (5-13, 3-3 MASCAC) battled back to take a 14-8 lead after a 12-0 run, finished off with a Ryan Carney trey from the baseline.
Following a timeout, the Falcons knotted the score 14-14 with four points from senior Jonathan Perez. Bridgewater went on an 8-0 tear with baskets from Nick Crocker, Admar Jaramillo, Dimitri St. Louis and Rayshon Ward to extend the lead to 22-14 midway through the first half.
Once again the Falcons withstood the pressure, and Tracy notched six straight points for the hosts to cut the deficit to 24-22. Bridgewater State, with eight points from St. Louis and four points from Ward, pushed the lead to 41-28 at intermission.
Trailing by 10 points, 47-37, in the second half, Fitchburg State got five straight points from junior Andre Ruff to make it 47-42 at the 16:10 mark. Layups from Jaramillo and Crocker pushed the BSU lead to 59-47.
With 8:56 remaining, Tracy connected from the elbow and Ruff hit one from the charity stripe to trail 65-61. Bridgewater extended the lead to 82-70 when St. Louis hit from beyond the arc with two minutes to play. Fitchburg State made it close late when freshman Tayjaun McKenzie and Perez poured in four late 3-pointers.
Ruff finished with 16 points and six assists for Fitchburg State, while Tracy added four rebounds to his game-high scoring total. St. Louis registered a team-leading 25 points and six rebounds for the Bears.
Up next, the Falcons will host the Rams of Framingham State University on Saturday for a noon MASCAC clash. The Bears will host the Trailblazers of MCLA on Wednesday for a conference tilt at 5:30 p.m.