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Men's Basketball Downs Penn State Altoona
01/21/2004

ALTOONA, PA — Senior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport) scored 11 points, freshman Antione McCall (Essex, Md./Eastern Tech) set career-high's with 11 points and seven rebounds and sophomore Dan Ryley (Frederick, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall) added 10 points to lift Frostburg State to a 66-54 win over Penn State Altoona in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference game Wednesday night at Adler Gym.

The 54 points allowed is a season-low by the Bobcats, who came in giving up 76.7 points per game.

Frostburg State (7-8, 2-2 AMCC) took the lead for good when senior DeNelle Hale (Baltimore, Md./Dunbar) sank a jumper at the 15:32 mark of the first half but couldn't pull away from the pesky Lions (3-11, 0-4).

Grabill hit four free throws and a three-pointer in a 7-2 stretch late in the first half to give the Bobcats a 38-27 cushion, but Penn State Altoona scored the final five points of the stanza to cut FSU's lead to 38-32 at the break.

Grabill sank a jumper to open the second half before Brandon Battles hit consecutive jumpers to pull the Lions to within 40-36 at the 16:38 mark.

The Bobcats then used a 7-0 run to open another 11-point advantage. McCall hit a pair of free throws, Ryley made a layup and junior Jocara Knight (Laurel, Md./Laurel) drained a three-pointer to give FSU a 49-38 lead.

FSU held a 55-43 advantage with 7:19 to play but hit a cold stretch, missing six straight jumpers over the next four minutes.

Penn State Altoona could only pull to within seven, 56-49, and McCall grabbed a rebound off a missed Lion free throw and fed junior David Quay, Jr. (Lewiston, Pa./Indian Valley) for a key jumper to give FSU a nine-point lead, 58-49, with 3:08 left.

The Lions missed four field goals and a free throw in the final 2:46, while the Bobcats sealed it by hitting 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the same stretch.

Battles led Penn State Altoona with a game-high 18 points, while Justin Wolcott added 14.

Frostburg State returns to action Saturday when its hosts Pitt-Bradford (7-6, 3-1) in a key AMCC contest 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