FROSTBURG, MD –
Senior co-captains Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport)
and Myro Small (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur)
each scored 22 points and freshman Antione McCall (Essex, Md./Eastern Tech)
added 16 points to lead Frostburg State to a hard-fought 67-66 over Lake Erie in the first round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament Wednesday night at Bobcat Arena.
Frostburg State (14-12), the tournament’s No. 3 seed, will take on No. 2 Pitt-Greensburg (14-12) in the AMCC semifinals to be played at No. 1 Penn State Behrend (21-2) Friday at 8 pm. UPG held off No. 7 Penn State Altoona 74-69 Wednesday. No. 4 La Roche edged No. 5 Pitt-Bradford 61-60 and will face Penn State Behrend Friday at 6 pm.
Grabill hit 8-of-13 shots from the floor, including 4-of-6 from three-point range, while Small was 5-of-9 and did most of damage from the free throw line, where he was perfect 12-of-12.
Small tied a school record for single-game free throw percentage.
The Bobcats took a 67-62 lead on a pair of free throws by McCall with 2:53 left, but Lake Erie (9-17) closed to within one on a jumper by Jajcen Harris with 2:39 to play and a layup by Tony Tibayan with 51 seconds remaining.
Lake Erie (9-17) survived two FSU missed shots with 34 ticks left and regained possession with 30 seconds on the clock.
The Storm looked for the win in the final seconds but a tight Bobcat defense forced a long three-pointer by Robert Williams that was well off the mark with one second to go.
The Storm, who came in having won their last five meetings with the Bobcats, came out of the gate quickly, building a 7-2 lead in the first two minutes.
Frostburg State countered with a 10-0 run before stretching its advantage to 16-9 on two free throws by Small.
Lake Erie rallied to tie the game at 19 and 21 before going on a 9-3 run to open a 30-24.
The Storm took a 35-28 cushion with 4:11 remaining in the half, but FSU closed out the stanza with an 8-3 run and went into the locker room trailing 38-36.
The close play continued in the second half, with Lake Erie holding a slight 48-47 edge. Small converted a three-point play to give FSU the lead again, and Grabill added a steal and layup to push the Bobcats to a 56-50 advantage with 10:15 left.
Trevor Replogle sank a three-pointer to forge a 58-58 tie, and, after a basket by McCall, Williams drained another three to give Lake Erie a 61-60 lead.
However, Grabill answered with a three-pointer on FSU’s next possession and McCall’s rebound and basket made it a 65-61 contest with 3:38 left.
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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303