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Men's Basketball Falls to Lake Erie
01/31/2004

PAINESVILLE, OH - Tony Tibayan and Nate Malensek each scored 16 points to lead Lake Erie to a 69-53 win over Frostburg State in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference game Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Gym.

The Storm improved to 8-12 overall and 4-3 in the AMCC with their fifth straight win over the Bobcats. FSU had its season-high three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 9-9 overall and 4-3 in the league.

Senior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport) scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds, while sophomore Dan Ryley (Frederick, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall) had 17 points, but the Bobcats shot just 31.8 percent (14-of-44) and committed 23 turnovers.

FSU trailed 6-3 in the opening moments before using a 14-5 run over the next seven minutes to take a 17-11 lead.

However, Lake Erie outscored the Bobcats 18-5 over the final 7:23 of the half to build a 29-22 advantage at the break. FSU made just 1-of-10 shots from the floor in that stretch.

The Bobcats' shooting woes continued after halftime, as they failed to hit a field goal over the first 6:21 of the second half. Despite its struggles, FSU managed to close to within six, 37-31,with 12:22 left.

Lake Erie used a 13-6 run over the next six minutes to open a 50-37 advantage, but a three-pointer by Grabill and a layup by Ryley cut FSU's deficit to seven at the 4:46 mark.

A.J. Johnson made a layup and hit two free throws to give the Storm a 58-46 lead with 2:42 to play, and Tibayan added four points in the final 58 seconds to cap the victory.

The Bobcats hit just 6-of-20 from the field in the second half and got most of their points from the free throw line, where they sank 16-of-20 shots after the break.

Frostburg State returns to action Monday when it visits Waynesburg 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