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Men's Basketball Falls to Lake Erie on Last-Second Shot
02/01/2003

FROSTBURG, MD — Senior Brandon Henderson hit a 15-foot jump shot with 3.6 seconds left to give visiting Lake Erie a thrilling 71-69 win over Frostburg State in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference contest Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Arena.

The Storm (9-10, 4-3 AMCC) held a 69-63 lead with 1:25 to go, but the Bobcats managed to pull even.

Freshman T.J. Dorsey (Round Hill, Va./Loudoun Valley) hit a three-pointer with 1:05 left to bring FSU to within three, and the hosts looked to get closer from the free-throw line.

Freshman Antoine Folder (Baltimore, Md./Mergenthaler) missed two free throws with 34 ticks left, but senior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Einstein) grabbed the offensive rebound and tapped the ball to sophomore Chris Vaughn (Manchester, Md./North Carroll).

Vaughn was then fouled on a three-point attempt and made the second of his three charity shots to make it a 69-67 contest.

Vaughn missed his third free throw, but Bowery again pulled down a key offensive board and tapped the ball back to Vaughn, who sank a jumper in traffic to tie the game at 69 with 27 seconds left.

After a timeout, Lake Erie walked the ball up the floor and put the game in the hands of Henderson, who came through in the clutch.

The teams went toe-to-toe throughout the contest with neither squad able to sustain much of a lead. FSU quickly built a 9-2 advantage, but the Storm rallied to take a 15-11 edge.

Vaughn drilled a three-pointer to move the Bobcats back in front, 16-15, before Lake Erie went on a 10-2 charge to take a seven-point lead.

Already playing without second-leading scorer Kamillo Rosenthal (Munich, Germany/Catholic (Va.)) and his 12.7 points per game, FSU suffered another key loss when senior A.J. Ernst (Minster, Ohio/Minster), who came in averaging 10.6 points per contest, left the game early in the first half following a hard fall under the basket

Freshman Dan Ryley (Frederick, Md./St. Johns Prospect Hall) made the most of his opportunities, hitting three jumpers in a 13-5 FSU surge that gave the hosts a 31-30 edge with 1:07 left in the half.

Nate Malensek drained a three-pointer in the closing seconds of the half as Lake Erie held a 33-31 advantage at the break.

The back-and-forth action continued in the second half, with five ties and seven lead changes in the first 10 minutes of play.

Bowery hit one of two free throws to give FSU its final lead of the day, 53-52, with 9:24 left, but the Storm outscored the Bobcats, 11-4, over the next 5:20 to take a 63-57 advantage.

Two more free throws from Bowery pulled FSU to within two, 65-63, at the 2:27 mark, but Henderson and Tony Tibayan sank consecutive baskets to restore Lake Erie's lead to six with 1:25 remaining and set up the exciting finish.

Bowery led the Bobcats with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Dorsey added a career-high 16 points.

Frostburg State will visit Wayneburg on Monday at 7:30 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