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TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012
FSU Welcomes UPJ On Wednesday

FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Fairmont State's men's and women's basketball teams are set for a WVIAC doubleheader on Wednesday night as Pitt-Johnstown pays a visit to Joe Retton Arena. The women's game tips at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.

Fans can follow all of the action online via the GameCenter on fightingfalcons.com with a webcast and live stats.

Fans are also encouraged to wear red on Wednesday night in support of Fairmont State's week-long "Go Red For Women" campaign.

In the first game of the doubleheader, Fairmont State (11-7, 8-6 WVIAC) takes on a streaking Pitt-Johnstown (8-9, 6-7 WVIAC) team. After starting the season 0-7, UPJ has won eight of its last 10 and is currently in the midst of a three-game winning streak. The Mountain Cats are led by freshman Kaitlynn Fratz who is averaging 18.1 points per game. Nicole Carman is averaging 9.9 points and 5.3 rebounds. UPJ’s top rebounder, Rachel Johnson, comes off the bench to average 5.9 boards per game. UPJ is second in the WVIAC in turnover margin at +3.07.

The Falcons snapped a two-game losing streak with a 77-53 win over Bluefield State. Kaitlin Snyder led four FSU players in double figures with 23 points. Hailey Garrett contributed a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Tiffany Nicholson added 12 points and Emily Lohr scored 10 points and had seven rebounds in the win over the Blues.

Snyder, an All-America candidate, continues to lead the WVIAC in scoring and is fourth in the country in that category with 22.9 points per game. Garrett is also turning in strong performances in her freshman campaign averaging 11.2 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Fairmont State (7-11, 5-9 WVIAC) welcomes Pitt-Johnstown (10-8, 8-5 WVIAC).

The Mountain Cats, currently fifth in the WVIAC standings, are one of the most effective shooting teams in the country. UPJ makes a league-best 52 percent of its shots from the field, including 44 percent from behind the arc, which is the best percentage in the country. The Mountain Cats are led by Nick Novak who is averaging 19.6 points and 4.0 assists per game. Jordan Miller contributes 15.7 points per game, and Patrick Grubbs adds 15.5 points and a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game.

FSU snapped its three-game losing streak with a decisive 87-68 win over Bluefield State over the weekend at the Logan Field House. The Falcons received a game-high 26 points to go with six assists and five steals from Steve Custis, and a pair of double-doubles from Chris Thompson (25 points, 13 rebounds) and Isaac Thornton (21 points, 11 rebounds).

Custis, the nation's third leading scorer at 22.9 points per game, is on the verge of becoming the school's all-time leader in steals. With 173 career takeaways, Custis needs just three more to pass Anthony Naylor (1988-92) for the top spot at Fairmont State.