The Fairmont State men's basketball team began the 2013-14 season in an exhibition matchup against West Virginia University on Monday night. Falcons second year Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun made his return to Morgantown, after spending four seasons under WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins.
The Falcons finished last year with a 23-9 overall record, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to conference rival West Liberty.
Fairmont State began the game with plenty of offensive production. The Falcons shot 12-for-36, which was good for 33.3 percent. There were several times throughout the first half where Fairmont State cut the deficit to within a point, but constant Mountaineer offensive surges lifted WVU to an even larger lead. The Falcons trailed 45-33 at halftime.
As the second half began, WVU tightened up on defense and looked to sophomore guard Eron Harris to lead the way. Harris netted a game-high 30 points, to go with eight rebounds and a pair of assists.
Fairmont State was led by sophomore guard Stevie Browning, who scored an FSU team-high of 23 points. Freshman point guard Caleb Davis also impressed, tallying 13 points and five rebounds as well. Davis and Browning were the two main scorers for Fairmont State throughout the second half, but it would not be enough.
The Falcons cut the deficit to single digits midway through the second half, lifting the FSU fans to their feet. However WVU gained control of the game thanks to Harris' offensive production, along with freshman forward Devin Williams' 14 rebounds.
West Virginia knocked off Fairmont State in the men's basketball exhibition, 89-70.
Fairmont State will begin its season on Saturday, November 9 when the Falcons host Bowie State in the Joe Retton Classic. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.