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Men's Basketball Downed by Muskingum
11/29/2003

FROSTBURG, MD - Sophomore Zach Ross scored a game-high 21 points and Muskingum held Frostburg State to one of its lowest scoring outputs in school history in a 73-37 win over the Bobcats Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Arena.

Ross scored 18 of his points in the first half, including 15 of his team's first 16, as Muskingum opened a 39-19 lead at halftime.

Frostburg State (2-2) opened the scoring on a three-pointer by senior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport), but Ross took over from there.

He hit a three-pointer and added a steal and lay-up to make it 6-3, and then sank three-pointers on three straight possessions to help the Fighting Muskies build a 16-5 advantage.

Muskingum (3-1) moved out to a 24-9 lead with 8:50 left in the first half, but Grabill sparked a 6-0 run to cut FSU's deficit to single digits.

He assisted on a lay-up by sophomore Doug Bucci (Bethesda, Md./Whitman) and then followed with two free throws and a jumper to make it a 24-15 deficit with 6:58 left.

But, Ross hit another three-pointer on the next possession to stop FSU's momentum, and the Fighting Muskies closed out the half with a 15-2 run for a commanding 39-19 lead at the intermission.

The Bobcats got no closer than 18 in the second half, and Muskingum's lead grew to as many as 37 (71-34) with 1:07 remaining.

FSU's 37 points ties for the seventh-lowest scoring output in the program's 61-year history. The Bobcats shot just 25.9 percent (14-of-54) from the floor, including 1-of-20 from three-point range.

They also committed 24 turnovers and were out-rebounded 44-29.

Cole Pittis added 18 points for the Fighting Muskies, who shot 26-of-52 (50.0) for the game.

Grabill and Bucci led Frostburg State with nine points apiece. Junior Chris Vaughn (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) added six points and six rebounds.

The Bobcats return to action December 2 when they host Shenandoah at 7:30 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