Lynn, Mass. – The men's basketball team dropped a close NAIA-NCAA matchup against Coast Guard Academy Thursday evening. The Falcons (4-6) fell to the Bears (3-1) 81-75 in the final seconds of the game.
Fisher took a quick 4-0 lead on a jumper and layup by Mikol Blake-Green. Jamontay Thompson added a layup to put the Falcons up 6-0. Coast Guard answered with 2-points, but Thompson hit another jumper to keep the Falcons 6-point lead, 8-2. Fisher expanded their lead to 10-2, but the Bears quickly cut the lead to 3-points, 10-7.
Coast Guard took their first lead of the game halfway through the 1st half, 12-10. Fisher regained the lead with 6:20 on the clock 22-20 on a layup by DeAndre Pennington. The Bears took the lead back on two free throws moments later, 27-26. The lead bounced back and forth a few more times, but Coast Guard was able to hold a 41-36 lead heading into halftime.
Pennington scored first for the Falcons out of the break shortening the lead to 41-38. At the 17:48 mark, Brandon Rembert hit a 3-pointer to once again tie the game at 47 apiece. A 3-pointer by the Bears gave them a 9 point lead, 60-51, with 13:56 left to play. Fisher put together a 9-0 run to take the advantage once again over the Bears 67-65.
For the next two minutes, both teams traded buckets. Coast Guard was able to jump to a 4-point lead with 13 seconds remaining, 75-71. In just 13 seconds, the Bears added six points on free throws while Fisher worked hard netting two layups finalizing the score 81-75 Coast Guard.
Thompson led the Falcons with 15 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. Anthony Kellum added 14 points and 2 rebounds for Fisher. Rembert (11 points, 2 rebounds) and Blake-Green (10 points, 4 rebounds) were also key players for the Falcons. Coast Guard's Jason Fazer led all scorers with 18 points.
Fisher will hit the road immediately and head to Suffolk County, New York to take on Five Towns College on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. This USCAA-NAIA matchup will be the Falcons third game in three days.