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Men's Basketball Ends Season With Loss to Lake Erie in First Round of AMCC Tournament
02/22/2005

PAINESVILLE, OH — Frostburg State saw its season come to an end with an 85-67 loss at Lake Erie in the first round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament Tuesday night at the Lake Erie Athletics and Wellness Center.

The Storm, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, improve to 15-11 and advance to the semifinal round Friday where they will take on No. 2 Penn State Behrend (17-7) at 8 pm.

The Bobcats, who came in as the No. 6 seed, finish their season with a 14-12 overall record.

In Tuesday’s other semifinal, No. 5 La Roche knocked off No. 4 Pitt-Bradford 81-78 and will next face No. 1 Pitt-Greensburg (16-9) in the semifinals Friday at 6 pm.

The championship game is set for Saturday at 3 pm at Pitt-Greensburg.

Frostburg State started strong against the Storm, moving out to a 7-4 lead in the opening minutes thanks to a three-pointer by freshman Brian Green, Jr. (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) and back-to-back jumpers by junior Dan Ryley (Frederick, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall).

However, Lake Erie went on a 17-4 run over the next five minutes to quickly erase FSU’s thoughts of an upset. Ryley cut the Bobcat deficit to seven, 24-17, with a jumper at the 9:32 mark before Nate Malensek made two free throws and a layup to help the Storm open a 30-17 cushion with 7:05 to play in the opening half.

Malensek sank two more shots from the stripe to push the advantage to 34-19 before the Bobcats made a brief surge.

Ryley sandwiched two free throws and a layup around a three-pointer by red-shirt junior Kamillo Rosenthal (Munich, Germany/Bishop Sullivan) to bring FSU to within eight, 34-26, with 2:13 remaining, but Malensek kept the Bobcats at bay with a free throw and three-pointer as the Storm took a 40-28 lead into halftime.

Frostburg State struggled to find its shooting touch in the second half, missing eight of its first nine shots of the period. Lake Erie took advantage, opening a 64-36 lead with 11:34 to play.

The cushion grew to as many as 30, 79-49, with 4:40 remaining, and the Bobcats never got closer than 16 the rest of the way.

Ryley, who scored a career-high 30 points in FSU’s 87-75 loss to Pitt-Greensburg in the regular-season finale for both teams last Saturday, paced the Bobcats again with 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor and a 7-of-8 performance from the free throw line.

Rosenthal added 15 points, while junior Marcus McIntrye (Washington, D.C./Wilson) finished with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Malensek poured in a game-high 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting, with Jajcen Harris adding 12 points.

Nine other players found the scoring column for the Storm, which shot a scorching 58.9 percent (33-of-56) for the game, including 19-of-28 (67.9) in the second half.

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