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Men's Basketball Bows to Washington & Jefferson
01/07/2004

WASHINGTON, PA — Washington & Jefferson used a 16-7 run midway through the second half to blow open a tight contest en route to a 98-75 win over Frostburg State Wednesday night at the Henry Memorial Center.

FSU (5-6) trailed by as many as 15, 58-43, early in the second half but pulled to within 66-60 on a layup by sophomore Dan Ryley (Frederick, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall) with 10:58 to play.

However, freshman center Chris Cannon helped the Presidents (6-6) pull away by scoring six of his 17 points in a 16-7 run over the next 4:57 to give the hosts plenty of breathing room. Cannon also grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.

W&J padded its lead by hitting 9-of-14 from the free throw line in the final 4:29.

The Presidents came out firing to start the game, building a 23-9 lead at the 11:13 mark before the Bobcats slowly trimmed their deficit to just three, 31-28, with 6:26 to play in the half.

Trailing 31-20, the Bobcats stormed back with an 8-0 run behind two layups from Ryley, a jumper by senior Myro Small (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) and a layup by junior David Quay, Jr. (Lewiston, Pa./Indian Valley).

However, the Presidents countered by scoring the next seven points and went into the lockerroom with a 44-36 halftime lead.

Freshman Brandon Studer hit a pair of three-pointers in the opening moments of the second half to help W&J open its 58-43 advantage before FSU made a final run.

Studer finished with a team-high 18 points, while freshman Anthony Hairston added 16 points. Junior Steve Button (15) and freshman Jon Koch (13) also scored in double figures for the Presidents.

Small led FSU with a game-high 19 points, while Quay added 16. Senior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport) finished with 11.

The Bobcats struggled with their shooting, hitting just 25-of-73 (34.2 percent) from the field, including 5-of-25 (20.0) from three-point range.

FSU did shoot a season-best 87 percent (20-of-23) from the free throw line.

In contrast, W&J shot 55.9 percent (33-of-59) from the floor, including 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from behind the arc.

The Bobcats open Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play Saturday when they host Lake Erie at 4:00 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