Men's Basketball Falls Short in Upset Bid of Nationally Ranked Christopher Newport
NEWPORT NEWS, VA –
Carlos Heard scored a team-high 20 points to lead four Christopher Newport players in double figures, and the second-ranked Captains withstood a furious late rally by Frostburg State to claim an 80-71 win over the visiting Bobcats Saturday afternoon at the Freeman Center.
CNU won for the 41st time in its last 43 home games to improve to 9-1, while the Bobcats fell to 5-4.
The Bobcats showed a thick coat of rust from a 12-day lay-off, missing their first 18 shots and committing seven turnovers as the Captains opened a 12-0 lead just over four minutes into the game.
FSU was also forced to play the majority of the first half without junior leading scorer Pierre Bowery, who went to bench just 3:02 into the contest after picking up his second foul.
Senior Reynolds Mason finally put the Bobcats on the board with a pair of free throws at the 16:04 mark and added another moments later to make it a 14-3 CNU lead.
Senior Sean Brown sank two free throws and Mason added his fourth point from the charity stripe, but the Captains continued to control the contest, moving out to a 23-6 advantage at the midway point of the half.
Frostburg State finally got its first field of the game at the 9:23 mark on a baseline layup by junior Robert Jones, and the basket sparked the Bobcats on a 13-4 run.
Brown followed a CNU basket with a long three-pointer before FSU scored eight straight on senior Mike Millione’s jumper and back-to-back three’s by Brown and junior A.J. Ernst to pull to within eight, 27-19.
After calling a 30-second timeout, the Captains countered with a 9-2 run to move in front, 36-21, with 2:32 left in the half. Bowery returned to the lineup seconds later and drained a pair of jumpers as CNU took a 38-25 lead into the break.
CNU continued to hold a double-digit lead in the second half, with its advantage ballooning to 17 points, 64-47, with 8:44 to play.
However, the Bobcats refused to go quietly, using a 8-0 run to close to within eight, 72-64, with 2:32 to go. Ernst began the spurt with a three-pointer from the top of the arc, and, after a Mike Hall free throw, Bowery rolled in a layup and sank two free throws.
Albert Haskins’ jumper in the lane put CNU back up by 10, but FSU answered with five straight points to come to within five, 74-69, with just under a minute left.
CNU hit 6-of-8 from the free throw line in the final 38 seconds to hold on for the win.
Bowery led the Bobcats with a game-high 23 points, including 19 in the second half. Ersnt added 13 points, while Brown finished with 11 points and 7 assists.
Haskins had 19 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists for Christopher Newport, while Jermaine Woods (15) and Terry Gray (11) also reached double digits.
Frostburg State returns to action on January 3 when it takes on 20th ranked Clark (Mass.) University at 6 p.m. in the Franklin & Marshall Invitational in Lancaster, Pa.
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303