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Bowery Helps Power Men's Basketball Past Pitt-Greensburg
02/12/2003

FROSTBURG, MD — Senior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Einstein) scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Frostburg State used a 23-0 first-half run en route to a 99-85 win over Pitt-Greensburg in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference action Wednesday night at Bobcat Arena.

Frostburg State (7-14, 3-6 AMCC), which snapped a six-game losing streak, held a 10-8 lead in the early minutes before Pitt-Greensburg (14-8, 5-5) went on a 12-2 run to build 30-20 advantage with 8:17 left in the half.

FSU turned in their most impressive play of the season, scoring 23 straight points over the next 4:28 to move in front, 43-30. The Bobcats drained four of their 10 three-pointers in the outburst and capitalized on eight UPG turnovers.

Pitt-Greensburg ended its drought with a lay-up and two free throws to pull to within nine, 43-34, but Bowery hit consecutive jumpers to help FSU take a 49-36 lead into halftime.

Frostburg State, which hit 20-of-37 (54.1 percent) from the floor in the first half, continued its hot shooting in the opening minutes of the second stanza. Bowery hit two free throws and another jumper to push FSU's lead to 20, 62-42, with 15:04 to play, but UPG hung tough.

Phil Grenda sank back-to-back baskets and Jerry McMeekin nailed one of his four three-pointers on the night to cap an 11-0 UPG run, but FSU freshman Steve Coursey (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) hit a jumper and two free throws to put the hosts up, 67-55, with 9:38 left.

Pitt-Greensburg made a final charge, closing to within 72-65 on Phil Conlon's three-pointer with 6:20 to play. However, Bowery scored 10 of his points in the final 5:18 to help FSU seal the victory.

Bowery, who posted his team-leading sixth double-double of the season, now has 1,701 career points and needs just 18 more to tie Donnie Woodward for second place on the FSU all-time scoring chart.

Sophomore Chris Vaughn (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) and freshman T.J. Dorsey (Round Hill, Va./Loudoun Valley) each finished with 15 points, while Coursey added a career-high 14 points and four assists in his first collegiate start.

McMeekin led UPG with 17 points, while Kevin Conlon posted 16 points and five assists. Conlon (16) and Clint Mullen (13) also scored in double figures.

Frostburg State will host league rival Pitt-Bradford on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

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