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Men's Basketball Falls Short at Christopher Newport
12/20/2003

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Sophomore Jeremy Romeo scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the first half and Christopher Newport turned up its shooting in the second half to post a 77-64 win over visiting Frostburg State Saturday afternoon at the Freeman Center.

The Captains improved to 5-3 with its second straight win, while the Bobcats were denied their season-high third consecutive victory and fell to 4-4.

The first half was a struggle for both squads, as CNU hit 10-of-34 (29.4 percent) from the field while Frostburg State sank 10-of-36 (27.8). The teams combined to shoot 11-of-31 from three-point range.

The Captains took a 3-0 lead on a three-pointer by freshman Jordan Short, but a jumper by sophomore Dan Ryley (Frederick, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall) and a three-pointer by senior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport) gave FSU its lone lead of the game, 5-3.

Romeo then hit three three-pointers in an 11-3 run to give CNU a 14-8 advantage, but the Bobcats hung tough, pulling to within 20-17.

CNU sophomore Adam Purdham hit a three-pointer and two free throws to give the Captains a 25-17 cushion, but FSU charged back again on a three-pointer by junior Chris Vaughn (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) and a pair of free throws by Grabill.

With CNU holding a 26-22 lead at the 7:21 mark, both teams went ice cold, combining for 16 straight misses over the next five minutes. Romeo broke the drought with a three-pointer to give the Captains a 29-22 advantage with 2:54 left in the half.

Senior Myro Small (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) then took over for the Bobcats, hitting two lay-ups and a free throw to cut FSU's deficit to 32-27 at the half.

The Bobcats continued to stay close in the early minutes of the second half, as a Grabill three-pointer made it a 38-34 contest.

Romeo drilled one of his game-high six three-pointers to cap an 8-2 run that gave CNU a 46-36 advantage with 15:44 left, before Bobcat sophomore Jimmy Ward (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) took control, scoring nine of his career-high 17 points over the next three minutes.

Ward drilled a three-pointer, hit a free throw and completed a three-point play to pull the Bobcats to within 48-43 with 12:40 to play, but CNU again kept FSU at bay, moving out to a 55-45 lead.

The Bobcats made a final charge just seconds later, as junior Jocara Knight (Laurel, Md./Laurel) sank a three-pointer and Ward followed with a steal and lay-up to pull to make it a 55-50 game.

FSU cut its deficit to six, 61-55, with 5:23 to go, but Romeo drained yet another three-pointer to turn the Bobcats away.

Knight and Small each had 12 points for FSU, while Purdham (18) and Steven Murrer (13) also scored in double digits for CNU.

The Bobcats return to action January 3 when they take on Eastern Mennonite at 4:00 pm in the Bridgewater (Va.) Tournament.

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