AMHERST, Mass. – The Thomas College men's basketball team fell to Fitchburg State in overtime 93-87 on day one of the Ken Wright Invitational at Amherst College on Friday night.
The teams were evenly matched through the early going with the score tied 10-10 seven minutes in. Thomas scored a quick six points over the next two minutes to take a 16-10 edge. The Falcons pushed back and soon pulled ahead with an eight-point lead of 33-25 with three minutes to go in the half. Fitchburg pushed on and ended the half with an 11-point advantage to take a 42-31 lead into halftime.
The Falcons continued to grow their lead through a slow scoring first five minutes of the second, holding a 56-40 lead at the 14:19 mark. Thomas slowly chipped away to make it an eight-point game with a Lovegeurson Fleurine (Fort Pierce, Fla.) layup with 1:11 to go. Tyler Nixon (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) hit a three-pointer with 40 seconds to go to make it 73-68. The teams traded free throws to set up the Terriers with an opportunity to tie or win the game with 13 seconds to go. Jordan Goodson (Orlando, Fla.) scored on a layup to tie the game at 75-75 with four seconds to go to force the extra frame.
The teams traded the lead through the early part of overtime, but Fitchburg eventually took control to win it 93-87.
Goodson led the way for Thomas, scoring 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting and pulled in 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Fleurine extended his streak of double doubles to start the year, recording 15 points and 10 rebounds for his third in a row. Nixon chipped in 16 points and pulled in 7 rebounds for the Terriers.
Thomas will play in the consolation game of the Ken Wright Invitational on Saturday, November 23, taking on Elmira at 1:00 PM.