By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)
A season-sweep of Salem State helped Fitchburg State leapfrog the Vikings into the top spot of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) standings with one game remaining.
Fitchburg State, which has won 9 of 11 conference clashes this season, concludes its regular season slate Saturday when they host Framingham State. Earlier this season, the Falcons defeated the Rams in overtime by a score of 78-69.
As confirmed this evening, the Falcons will be the top seed in the upcoming MASCAC Tournament no matter the outcome of Saturday’s contest, while Salem State will be the second seed.
Jaleel Bell highlighted his team’s 96-83 win over the Vikings this evening by recording a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, including 11 defensive caroms, while Leonny Burgos netted a game-high 29 points. Burgos also dished out five assists, while recording a trio of swipes.
Salem State, which concluded its regular season slate this evening, falls to 15-10 overall and 9-3 in league play. Alexander Santos paced the Orange and Blue with 19 points, while Shaquan Murray netted 18 points.