Frostburg, Md. ...
Sophomore forward Pierre Bowery scored a team-high 24 points to lead four Bobcats in double-figures as Frostburg State downed visiting Bethany (W.Va.), 99-83, in the first round of the 2001 Eastern College Athletic Conference Southern Basketball Championship at Bobcat Arena.
Frostburg State (19-9), the No. 3 seed, advances to the semifinals to face No. 2 Alvernia on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at Albright College in Reading, Pa. Bethany ends its season at 16-10.
Bowery took control on the offensive end midway through the first half, hitting eight straight FSU points as the Bobcats opened a 17-11 edge at the 12:45 mark. Bethany hung tough, cutting its deficit to two points on four occasions before forging a 27-27 tie on Derek Hoffman's jumper with just over six minutes left before intermission. But, that would be the last first-half basket by the Bison, who managed just five three throws in the final 6:12.
Frostburg State (19-9) took advantage by scoring 10 straight points in less than two and a half minutes to pull away, and junior Sean Brown gave the Bobcats a 44-29 lead after sandwiching a jumper and three-pointer around another Bowery basket. Senior Billy Tose's three-pointer with eight seconds left put FSU up 49-32 at the break. The Bobcats shot a scorching 59.5 percent (22-of-37) from the field in the opening frame, while the Bison made just 10-of-33 shots.
The Bobcats continued its scoring assault in the second half, opening a 20-point lead following a thundering dunk by junior Robert Ayers and another three-pointer from Brown. Bethany made it a 15-point game moments later before Tose sank back-to-back shots from the behind the arc to put Frostburg State ahead, 67-46, with 13:28 left.
The lead grew to as many as 30, 84-54, at the 8:08 mark thanks to another impressive dunk by Ayers, a Bowery jumper and an Ayers three-pointer.
Brown and Tose each scored 17 points for the Bobcats, while Brown added a game-high 10 assists. Ayers finished with 14 points.
Hoffman led Bethany with game-high's of 25 points and nine rebounds, and Keith Schubert added 22. The Bison hit just 6-of-23 from three-point range.
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303