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Men's Basketball Falls to Division II Indiana (Pa.)
11/25/2003

INDIANA, PA - Gary Franklin scored 20 points to lead five Indiana (Pa.) players in double-figures as the Indians downed visiting Frostburg State 92-65 Tuesday night.

Ayyub Ali had 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Eric Castorina had 17 points and nine boards. Brian Kizzie added 16 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, and Fannar Olafsson scored 12.

Freshman Brian Owen (Gainesville, Va./Brentsville) led Frostburg State with a career-high 16 points, while senior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport) and junior Jocara Knight (Laurel, Md./Laurel) had 11 points apiece.

The Bobcats (2-1) fell behind 3-0 to start the game but went on a 12-2 run. Grabill led the spurt with eight points, while senior Myro Small (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) scored the other four points.

However, IUP (2-0), which advanced to the NCAA Division II national semifinals two years ago, scored 11 straight to take a 16-12 advantage. The Bobcats continued to hang tough, pulling to within one (28-27) on back-to-back three-pointers by Knight.

The Indians closed the half with a 10-2 run and held a double-digit lead though much of the second stanza.

FSU managed to pull to within 11 (60-49) on a three-point play by junior Paul Owens (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) with 10:20 left, but IUP moved ahead by as many as 27 (90-63) with 1:55 to play.

"We played them tough in the first half, and we had a chance to cut it to nine midway through the second, but they just pulled away from us with their size and speed," said Bobcat head coach Webb Hatch.

IUP, featuring five players 6-7 and above, held a 57-32 advantage in rebounding. The Indians also shot 21-of-28 from the free-throw line, compared to FSU's 9-of-18 showing from the stripe.

Frostburg State returns to action Saturday when it hosts Muskingum Bobcat Arena at 2:00 pm.

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