Second-Ranked Falcons Wear Down Notre Dame 97-77

Fairmont State drained 18 three-pointers and got a team-high 32 points and 12 rebounds from Matt Bingaya in a 97-77 road victory over Notre Dame College in front of a capacity crowd at the Murphy Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, FSU remains unbeaten and is now 15-0 overall and 9-0 in Mountain East Conference action. NDC falls to 12-3 overall and 6-3 in league games.

Bingaya was nearly unstoppable in the win, going 14-of-23 from the field and also adding four assists and three steals to his double-double performance. Bingaya scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half.

In addition to Bingaya’s work in the paint, D’Ondre Stockman had a big day from behind the arc for the Falcons, draining six three-pointers and finishing the day with a career-high 22 points off the bench. Vonte Montgomery added 14 points, shooting 4-of-6 from behind the arc, and Thomas Wimbush just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine boards despite battling early foul trouble. Shammgod Wells also chipped in nine points and a team-high seven assists for FSU, going 3-for-3 from three-point range.

On the evening, FSU shot 51 percent from the field (37-of-72) and hit on 18-of-36 three-point field goal attempts (50%). FSU also recorded 25 assists and turned the ball over just nine times.

After a strong performance late in the opening half to push their halftime advantage to 11 (45-34), the Falcons lead by a double-digit margin for most of the second half but the scrappy Falcons of NDC would not allow FSU to put the game away until late. FSU grabbed its largest lead of the evening (24) at the 1:24 mark of the second half before wrapping up the 20-point victory to remain unbeaten.

Notre Dame also shot well from the floor at 49 percent, but made just nine three-pointers (compared to 18 for FSU) and turned the ball over 20 times. NDC also held a narrow 37-34 advantage on the glass.

Notre Dame was led by a balanced scoring attack, getting 17 points from Ja’Sean Lewis and 16 apiece from KT Taylor and Kobie Johnson. Will Vorhees was held well below his season average of 27.6 points per game, scoring just 12 points. Taylor and Vorhees both faced foul trouble early in the second half with four fouls apiece.

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