Party Like 1984: Fairmont State Men’s Basketball Wins First Conference Tournament Title in 37 Years
FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Friendly City folks, Fairmont State students and alumni, and especially the Fighting Falcons’ men’s basketball program, can party like they did in 1984.
Fairmont State won a conference tournament championship for the first time in 37 years.
And it was anything but easy.
Fairmont State led by as many as 17 points over 19th West Liberty in this game, but the Hilltoppers have always managed to stay on hand.
The Hilltoppers reduced the Fairmont’s lead to as little as one.
But Tim Koenig’s side did what Glenville State couldn’t do less than 24 hours ago: fully defend the lead.
Zyon Dobbs sank the final free throw to give Fairmont State a three-point lead, and West Liberty’s three-quarter shot failed.
Fairmont State won, 102-99, its first conference title since Dave Cooper coached the Fighting Falcons to a West Virginia State conference title in 1984.
Dale Bonner led the way with 34 points. Isaiah Sanders added 25 and Cole VonHandorf provided 17.
Dobbs added nine points and Seth Younkin scored ten points, including two on that monster dunk.
Fairmont State, with the win, wins an automatic auction for the NCAA tournament. The regional tournament that the Falcons will play next will take place on the West Liberty campus.