Men’s basketball puts up valiant effort, but falls short vs. Catamounts

Men’s basketball puts up valiant effort, but falls short vs. Catamounts

KEYSER, West Virginia – First half struggles continue for the FCC men's basketball team as they trailed 56-42 after 20 minutes of play, eventually leading to a 95-88 loss to WVU Potomac State College. With the loss, FCC falls to 7-12 overall on the season, including four straight losses. With the win, the Catamounts are winners of eight in a row and sit at 14-3-1.

In the first 20 minutes of action, the Catamounts scorched the nets by connecting on 19-of-32 field goals. Three players from WVU hit double digits in the first frame. For FCC, CJ Williams had the hot hand with 12 points and four assists in the early goings. Teammate Domantas Sakickas hit on 4-of-5 shots and tallied 11 points in the first half. Southpaw CJ Williams finished with 21 points (7-of-14) in 33 minutes. Teammates Juwan Burnett and Elijah White pumped in 19 and 16 points respectively to round out the scoring for FCC.

Out of the locker room, the Cougars would put together a strong comeback trailing by just four points at the 7 minute mark thanks to a Juwan Burnett layup. The Cougars would continue to battle and were only down six with a minute left in the contest. The Catamounts were able to seal the game at the free throw line to earn the victory.

Some big time performances by FCC in the loss. In 24 minutes of actions, Domantas Sakickas scored a game high 24 points on 7-of-10 from the field. He pulled down a team-high seven boards.

A major stat that can't go unnoticed was the bench play for the Catamounts. They outscored the Cougars 39-2 in the category. The Catamounts were hot from 3-point land connecting on 10-of-21 attempts.

FCC returns to their home floor on Saturday (2/1) against #6 Community College of Beaver County (18-1) for a 3:00 p.m. tipoff.