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Men's Basketball Gets Past La Roche, Earns First-Round Home Game in AMCC Tournament
02/21/2004

PITTSBURGH - Senior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport) scored a career-high 25 points and freshman Antione McCall (Essex, Md./Eastern Tech) added a career-best 22 to lead Frostburg State to an 80-71 win over La Roche Saturday night at the Kerr Center.

With the victory, the Bobcats secured the No. 3 seed in the AMCC Tournament and will host Lake Erie in a first-round game Wednesday at 8 pm.

Grabill hit 9-of-12 shots from the floor, including 5-of-5 from three-point range, and pulled down eight rebounds. His 25 points surpassed his former personal-best mark of 24 set in an 82-79 win over La Roche January 29.

The Bobcats (13-12, 6-6 AMCC) led by as many as 10, 44-34, on a Grabill jumper with 18:24 remaining, but La Roche used a 9-2 run to close to within three with 15:20 to play.

Back-to-back jumpers by sophomore Dan Ryley (Frederick, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall pushed FSU's lead to seven before the Redhawks pulled to within 58-57 with 9:02 to go.

Grabill traded three-pointers with Demetris Pringle before McCall drained a pair of free throws to give the Bobcats a 63-60 edge.

La Roche (11-15, 5-7) took a 67-66 lead on a layup by Brandon Kelly with 6:10 left, but sophomore Jimmy Ward (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) followed with a layup to give the Bobcats the lead for good.

Ward added a jumper and McCall then scored FSU's next six points, including a crucial basket with 43 seconds left that gave the Bobcats a 76-71 advantage.

Senior DeNelle Hale (Baltimore, Md./Dunbar) and Grabill each hit a pair of free throws in the final 24 seconds to seal the win.

Brandon led La Roche with 21 points, while Kenny Gibbs added 18. Jason Dolak finished with 14.

FSU shot a scorching 55.0 percent (33-of-60) from the field.

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