FROSTBURG, MD —
Junior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Albert Einstein)
scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and senior Sean Brown (Baltimore, Md./North County)
added 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals to pace Frostburg State to a season-opening 89-77 win over Marietta College in the Frostburg State Tip-Off Invitational Friday night at Bobcat Arena.
The Bobcats will take on Widener University in tomorrow's championship game at 4 p.m. The Pioneers used 28 points and 11 rebounds from Mike Siuchta and 22 points from Tim Whalen to down Waynesburg, 100-87, in Friday's other contest. Marietta and Waynesburg will meet in the consolation game at 2 p.m.
Frostburg State (1-0) battled with Marietta through five ties over the first 12 minutes before the Bobcats pulled away behind a 20-4 run to build a 37-21 bulge with 2:07 left in the first half.
Senior Reynolds Mason (Norristown, Pa./Norristown) scored five of his 15 points in the spurt, and Brown added nine more.
Marietta (0-1) had a chance to cut the deficit to single digits in the closing seconds of the opening stanza, but Bowery swatted away a shot and Brown followed by feeding sophomore Ryan Grabill (Hagerstown, Md./Williamsport) for a three-pointer with nine ticks on the clock. The basket gave FSU a commanding 41-27 lead at the break.
Junior A.J. Ernst (Minster, Ohio/Minster), who transferred from Edison Community College, got into the scoring act in the opening moments of the second half, nailing two three-pointers and a layup to give FSU a 53-34 advantage with 16:44 remaining.
Mason sank a jumper to give the Bobcats their biggest lead of the night, 67-43, with 12:23 left, but the Pioneers made one final push, going on a 10-3 run to close to within 11, 77-66, with just over three minutes to play.
However, Brown drained a crucial three-pointer on FSU's next possession to give the hosts a 14-point cushion, and Marietta could get no closer than nine the rest of the way.
Senior Elroy Henley (Owings Mills, Md./Randallstown) was the fourth Bobcat to reach double-digit scoring figures, finishing with 10 points. FSU shot 58.6 percent (17-of-29) from the field in the second half, forced 21 Pioneer turnover and drained 8-of-15 three-pointer for the game.
Marietta All-American senior forward Jesse DuPerow scored a game-high 23 points, while Adam Means and Matt Hines each added 13.
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303