Reading, Pa. ...
King's senior All-America candidate Corey Dickerson scored a game-high 22 points to lead the fifth-seeded Monarchs to a 70-60 victory over No. 3 Frostburg State in the 2001 ECAC Southern Region Championship final Sunday afternoon at Albright College's Bollman Center.
Dickerson, who had 19 points in Saturday's 79-65 semifinal upset of top-seeded Albright, scored seven of his team's final 10 points against the Bobcats and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
The Monarchs finished 19-9 overall and won their first ECAC Southern Region crown, while the Bobcats, who were just 6-19 a year ago, concluded their season at 20-10. It was the third runner-up finish for Frostburg State (1993, 1994), whose 20 wins were the second-highest single-season total in program history.
King's broke a 30-30 halftime tie with a 9-0 run to start the second stanza. Junior Dennis Hobbs, who finished with 20 points, scored the first six of the spurt before Brian Horgan sank a three-pointer.
Bobcat sophomore Pierre Bowery, who picked up his second and third fouls during the Monarch run, hit a turn-around baseline jumper to bring FSU to within five, 41-36, with 16:32 to play, but Hobbs scored six points in a 15-6 King's stretch as the Monarchs moved out to a 56-42 advantage with just over seven minutes remaining.
Junior Sean Brown's three-pointer with 3:51 to play brought the Bobcats to within eight, 58-50. However, Bowery and junior Robert Ayers, FSU' top two scorers, each picked up their fifth fouls in the next minute and essentially ended hopes of a late Bobcat rally.
King's hit 10-of-14 free throws over the final 3:05, and Dickerson capped the win with a dunk with one second remaining.
The Monarchs made 17-of-24 from the charity stripe after halftime, while the Bobcats went without a free throw attempt in the final 20 minutes.
Frostburg State held an early 9-4 lead thanks to seven points from Bowery and 1-of-10 shooting by King's top open the game. FSU senior Billy Tose then nailed a three-pointer from the right wing and Bowery took a long pass in for a lay-up to give the Bobcats a 14-6 advantage before the Monarchs - and namely Dickerson - heated up.
Dickerson sank back-to-back jumpers and added a steal and lay-up in a 10-0 run that gave King's an 18-16 edge at the 7:12 mark. Frostburg State countered with a 12-2 spurt over the next four minutes to move ahead, 28-20, as Bowery scored six of his team-high 19 points in the run.
But, King's again responded, closing out the half on a 10-2 spurt that Dickerson capped with a three-point play that forged a 30-30 tie at the break.
Hobbs added 22 points, and Kasim Holloman had 10 for King's. Ayers was the only other Bobcat to reach double-figures in scoring with 16 points. He also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
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