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Men's Basketball Edges Penn State Altoona
02/18/2004

FROSTBURG, MD — Sophomore Dan Ryley (Frederick, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall), freshman Antione McCall (Essex, Md./Eastern Tech) and senior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport) combined for 46 points and 24 rebounds to lead Frostburg State to a 74-70 win over Penn State Altoona in a key Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference game Wednesday at Bobcat Arena.

The Bobcats, who ended a three-game losing skid, improved to 12-12 overall and 5-6 in the AMCC and remained in the hunt for a home game in the first round of the AMCC Tournament next Wednesday.

The Lions had their two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 7-16 overall and 3-8 in the AMCC.

Ryley finished with a game-high 19 points to go along with nine rebounds and four blocks, while McCall added 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Grabill scored 13 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out four assists in his final regular-season home game.

Frostburg State held a 53-45 lead with 15:14 left, but Penn State Altoona used a 10-2 run to tie the game at 55. The Bobcats then sank back-to-back jumpers before the Lions countered with two free throws and a layup.

Grabill put FSU back in front 61-59 with a layup at the 8:12 mark, but Ethan Stewart-Smith answered with a three-pointer to give PSA just its second lead of the night.

The Bobcats then used a 9-0 run over the next six minutes to take a 70-62 advantage with 2:02 left. Ryley started the spurt with back-to-back baskets and McCall capped it with a jumper and a free throw.

Penn State Altoona closed to within four, 70-66, with 27 seconds left, but Grabill, who came into the night ranked eighth in the nation in free-throw shooting (90.4 percent), was a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe in the final 19 seconds to seal the win.

Frostburg State trailed 17-15 midway point of the first half but went on a 16-6 run over the next four minutes to take build a 31-23 cushion. Ryley converted a three-point play to begin the surge, and Grabill followed with a three-pointer.

Grabill later hit a jumper and fed Ryley for another basket, and sophomore Doug Bucci (Bethesda, Md./Whitman) came off the bench to hit a three-pointer and a free throw to cap the rally.

Penn State Altoona countered with a 7-1 spurt to pull to within two with 4:46 remaining, but FSU kept the Lions at bay, scoring eight straight to open a 40-30 lead. McCall scored six of his points in the run, with Grabill adding the other two.

The Bobcats increased their lead to 44-33 on a tip-in and a layup from Ryley before taking a 44-35 lead into the break.

Frostburg State closes out its regular season Saturday when it visits La Roche at 6:00 pm. A victory would give the Bobcats the third seed in the AMCC Tournament and a first-round home game. A loss would send FSU on the road for the first round.

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