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Men's Basketball Falls to Christopher Newport
12/22/2002

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Senior Jermaine Woods scored a game-high 26 points to lead Christopher Newport to an 85-73 win over Frostburg State Sunday afternoon at the Show Place Arena.

Woods drained 8-of-13 three-pointers, including several at key moments to help keep the Bobcats at bay.

FSU trailed, 44-34, in the opening minutes of the second half before pulling to within six on a pair of free throws and a jumper by sophomore Kamillo Rosenthal (Munich, Germany/Catholic (Va.)).

But, Woods drained a three-pointer and Carlos Heard followed with a lay-up to push the Captains lead to 11.

The Bobcats (1-5) made another run, using a 6-0 spurt to close to 49-44 with 13:50 to play. Senior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Einstein) sank two free throws and senior Robert Jones (Ft. Washington, Md./Friendly) hit consecutive jumpers to give FSU life.

However, Woods came through again, this time draining three straight shots from behind the arc to give CNU a 58-46 advantage. The lead ballooned to 14 points before FSU made one last comeback attempt, outscoring the Captains, 10-2, over the next three minutes to cut the deficit to 62-56 with 8:26 remaining.

Bowery, who scored 18 of his team-high 20 points in the second half, spurred the run with a lay-up and four straight free throws, and junior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport) capped the rally with a steal and three-point play.

But, the Captains (6-2) answered once more, this time behind senior Terry Gray. The 6-7 center scored CNU’s next 13 points, including an unexpected three-pointer to snap FSU’s rally. The lead grew to as many as 15, 83-68, with 2:52 to go.

The squads battled through a tight opening half that featured seven lead changes. With the game tied at nine, Woods hit two straight treys and later added a lay-up to give CNU a 19-13 advantage. FSU senior A.J. Ernst (Minster, Ohio/Minster) then scored seven of his 17 points in a 12-2 Bobcat run that he capped with a three-pointer to give FSU a 25-23 edge with 7:16 to play in the half.

CNU held a narrow 33-32 lead before Woods hit consecutive three-pointers to help his team open a 40-32 advantage at the break.

Gray finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, while Mark Hepner added 14 points.

Rosenthal scored 16 points, but the Bobcats shot just 25-of-69 (36.8 percent), including 5-of-21 from three-point range.

FSU returns to action January 4-5 in the Catholic University Tournament in Washington, D.C.

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