Stevie Browning always put up big numbers in his days with the Logan High School basketball team.
Now, he’s doing it at the collegiate level.
Browning, a 6-foot-2 guard and freshman member of the Fairmont State University men’s basketball team, poured in 20 points in 15 minutes of play as the Fighting Falcons rolled over Ohio Eastern 127-71 on Saturday at Fairmont in the season opener.
Browning was 9-for-12 from the floor, including 2-for-3 from 3-point land and also grabbed two rebounds and had two steals for Fairmont State (1-0).
Fairmont State is coached by Jerrod Calhoun.
The Falcons shot 57 percent from the floor compared to just 39 for Ohio Eastern. FSU also hit on 16-of-19 free throws in the game.
Fairmont State got a double-double from Isaiah Hill with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Hill also recorded five block shots. Chase Morgan added 16 points and Tommy Scales notched 15 points to go with nine boards.
Ty Garrison dished out six assists and Ke’Chaun Lewis added five to to help guide the FSU offense. Lewis also added four steals defensively. The FSU defense had 21 steals and turned them into 42 points on the other end with 22 coming on the fast break.
The Falcons out-rebounded the Panthers 60-to-28 and scored 34 second chance points. Fairmont State also had a 66-to-22 advantage in the paint.
FSU was scheduled to return to action on Tuesday night at Virginia State.
Fairmont State was picked to finish third in the WVIAC this season in a vote conducted by conference coaches.
Fairmont State (9-18 overall, 7-15 in the league last year) picked up one first-place nod and 191 total points for third place in the poll.
Also on the Falcons’ roster is 6-7 freshman forward Trevor Andrews-Evans of Logan. Andrews-Evans, a native of Toronto, Canada, played for Logan two seasons ago but was ruled ineligible last year by the WVSSAC.
Browning was a first-team Class AAA all-state pick last year at Logan as he averaged 25 points and nine rebounds per game.