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Men's Basketball Comes Up Short at Westminster
12/07/2002

NEW WILMINGTON, PA — Sophomore Kamillo Rosenthal (Munich, Germany/Catholic (Va.)) scored a team-high 18 points and added six rebounds and two steals, but it wasn't enough as Frostburg State dropped a 72-65 road contest to Westminster Saturday afternoon at Buzz Ridl Gymnasium.

The Titans (2-4) jumped out to an early 11-2 lead behind three three-pointers from Chris Hatch, but the Bobcats countered with an 11-2 run to pull even at the midway point of the first half.

Westminster surged in front again with a 13-2 spurt to open a 26-15 advantage before FSU answered. Rosenthal snapped the run with his second three-pointer of the half to spark a 7-0 Bobcat run, but Titan forward Jeff Simmons sank four straight free throws to put his team ahead, 30-22, with 2:45 remaining.

Frostburg State (1-3) then scored the final seven points of the half, with five coming from sophomore J.T. Murphy (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown), to close to within 30-29 at the break.

Murphy, who finished with a career-high 14 points, kept up his hot streak to open the second stanza, assisting on a Rosenthal jumper to put the Bobcats in front for the first time, 31-30, before hitting FSU's next two buckets as the teams traded the lead five times in the opening seven minutes of the half.

Senior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Einstein), who finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three blocks, pulled the Bobcats even at 42 with a free throw at the 12:53 mark, but Titan Micah Delo drilled a three-pointer to spark a 12-4 run that put the hosts in front for good.

FSU managed to close to within a basket, 56-54, with 5:41 to play; however, Delo scored five points in an 8-0 Westminster run that sealed the win. Greg Foster made four free throws and capped the game with a dunk in the closing seconds.

Foster finished with 13 points, while Simmons and Delo added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for WC.

Bobcat senior A.J. Ernst (Minster, Ohio/Minster) posted seven points, four rebounds and four steals, and junior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport) finished with five points, eight rebounds and five assists.

FSU returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Mount Aloysius at 8:00 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