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Men's Basketball Holds Off Christopher Newport
12/19/2004

FROSTBURG, Md. — Redshirt-freshman Brian Owen (Gainesville, Va./Brentsville) scored 19 points to lead four Frostburg State players in double figures and the Bobcats held off a furious second-half rally to post a 70-66 win over visiting Christopher Newport Sunday afternoon at Bobcat Arena.

The Bobcats improved to 5-3 with their fifth win in six games, while the Captains dropped their second in a row and fell to 5-2.

Frostburg State, whose five victories have all come by five points or less, held a slight 33-32 lead in the opening minute of the second half and took control with a 14-0 run over the next six minutes.

Owen began the spurt with three free throws after being fouled on a three-point attempt and capped it with a three-pointer to make it a 47-32 contest.

Senior Chris Vaughn (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) drained a three-pointer moments later to give the Bobcats a seemingly commanding 50-34 cushion with 13:23 remaining.

However, Christopher Newport stormed back, outscoring Frostburg State 21-6 over the next eight minutes to pull to within 56-55.

Junior Victor Arana (Aberdeen, Md./Ellison, Texas (Harford CC)) then followed with several key shots, hitting a jumper, a layup and a three-pointer to push the Bobcats ahead 65-58 with 3:27 remaining.

CNU sophomore Dont’a Selden sandwiched three-pointers around two Arana free throws to bring the Captains to within 67-64 with 1:14 to play, but Owen hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 24 seconds to seal the victory.

The game began as a tight battle as the teams fought to a 9-9 tie with 12:19 left in the opening half. Junior Roderic Carey hit three straight layups to help the Captains open a 17-10 lead, but Owen scored five points in a 7-0 Bobcat run that tied the contest again.

The teams were then deadlocked four more times over the next four minutes before FSU eventually took a 33-30 lead at halftime.

Arana finished with a career-high 17 points, while junior Kamillo Rosenthal (Munich, Germany/Bishop Sullivan) had 13. Senior Dustin Long (Accident, Md./Northern Garrett) added a career-high 10 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists.

Frostburg State shot 18-of-23 from the free throw line, compared to 10-of-18 by Christopher Newport. The Captains also committed 22 turnovers that led to 26 Bobcat points.

Carey led CNU with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Selden and sophomore Korey Lewis added nine points each.

Frostburg State returns to action January 4 when it hosts Washington & Jefferson 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