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Bowery, Balanced Offense Lead Men's Basketball Past Gallaudet
01/20/2003

FROSTBURG, MD — Senior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Albert Einstein) scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and four other Frostburg State players added 12 points each to help the Bobcats to a 65-57 win over Gallaudet Monday night at Bobcat Arena.

Bowery scored nine of his points in the first half to help the Bobcats (5-8) to a 34-25 lead at halftime. FSU broke free of an 8-8 tie with a 9-2 run that was capped by a three-pointer by junior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport).

The Bison (3-10) scored six straight points to pull to within 21-18 with 4:35 left in the half, but Bowery sank a jumper and sophomore Chris Vaughn (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) and senior A.J. Ernst (Minster, Ohio/Minster) drained back-to-back trifecta to give the Bobcats a 34-22 cushion.

Ernst came out firing in the second half, nailing three three-pointers in the first 5:29 with the last giving FSU a seemingly comfortable 50-32 advantage.

However, Jaimie Valencia scored six points in a 13-0 Bison run to help the visitors quickly climb back into the game.

Bobcat freshman T.J. Dorsey (Round Hill, Va./Loudoun Valley) hit a three-pointer to snap Gallaudet's streak, but Bison star freshman Robert Haney hit consecutive jumpers to close the gap to 53-49 with 7:07 to play.

Layups by junior Myro Small (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) and Bowery pushed FSU's lead back to eight, but Haney answered with two more baskets to make it a 57-53 contest at the 3:43 mark.

The Bobcats hit 8-of-13 free throws down the stretch to claim the win.

Ernst, Dorsey and Small each finished with 12 points for Frostburg State, which held a 39-34 rebounding advantage and forced a season-high 26 turnovers. Dorsey's 12 points is a career high.

Grabill added nine points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Haney, who had 33 points and 11 rebounds in an 80-67 loss to Goucher on Saturday, poured in a game-high 26 points to go along with 12 rebounds. However, no other Bison player scored in double digits.

Frostburg State returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Penn State Altoona in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference game beginning at 8:00 pm.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu