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Men's Basketball Falls to Pitt-Bradford
02/14/2004

BRADFORD, PA — Pitt-Bradford outscored Frostburg State 17-5 over the first 10 minutes of the game and never looked back en route to a key 69-60 win in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference action Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers improved to 10-12 overall and 4-6 in the AMCC, while the Bobcats dropped to 11-2 overall and 4-6 in league play.

Both teams remain in the hunt for a first-round AMCC Tournament game, awarded to the teams who finish Nos. 2-4 in the regular-season standings.

The Bobcats shot just 35.9 percent (23-of-64) and were 0-13 from three-point range. FSU failed to hit a three-pointer in a game for the first time since December 19, 1999, a span of 123 contests.

UPB came out firing and scored the first eight points of the game.

FSU closed to within 11-5 on two jumpers by sophomore Jimmy Ward (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) and a free throw by senior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport), but the Panthers used an 11-4 spurt over the next nine minutes to build a 22-9 advantage.

The Bobcats wouldn't roll over, however, and countered with 10-0 run to cut their deficit to 22-19 with 3:21 left in the half.

Senior Myro Small (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) sparked the comeback with a short jumper, and Grabill, Ward and sophomore Dan Ryley (Frederick, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall) hit consecutive baskets. Grabill capped the outburst by hitting a pair of free throws.

However, Pitt-Bradford regained control with a quick 8-0 spurt and went into halftime with a 31-21 lead.

Ryley opened the second half with a jumper, but the Panthers went on a 10-2 run to open a 41-25 cushion. Bradford's lead grew to as many as 17, 58-41, with 6:12 to play before FSU made a final surge.

Small scored eight of his team-high 16 points in a two-minute span to bring the Bobcats to within 62-56 with 1:20 remaining before fouling out with 56 seconds left.

Aaron Kiffer hit six free throws, including four in a row after a foul and technical foul on the Bobcats with 39 ticks on the clock to seal the victory.

Chris Wuest and Matt Rowles led UPB with 17 points apiece, while Kiffer finished with 11.

The Panthers did most of their damage at the free throw line, where they shot 27-of-45.

In contrast, Frostburg State hit 14-of-21 from the stripe.

The Bobcats will host Penn State Altoona in their final regular-season home contest Wednesday at 8 pm before closing out their slate at La Roche Saturday, February 28 at 6 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