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Men's Basketball Holds Off Grove City for Second Straight Win
01/08/2003

GROVE CITY, PA — Senior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Einstein) scored 14 of his game-high 24 points in the second half and Frostburg State hit 8-of-10 free throws in the final minutes to pick up an 80-74 road win over Grove City Wednesday night at GCC Arena.

With his performance, Bowery moved into fifth place on FSU's all-time scoring list with 1,480 points, slipping past Ray Nelson, who scored 1,474 career points.

Frostburg State (3-6), which won for the second straight time after a six-game losing skid, held a slight 57-55 egde with 9:05 to play before taking control with a 13-3 run over the next 4:33.

Bowery scored eight points in the surge, including four straight to give the Bobcats a 70-58 advantage with 4:32 left.

Grove City (7-4), which had its 15-game home winning streak against non-conference Division III opponents snapped, closed to within three, 72-69, on a David Hayes lay-up with 1:22 to play, but the Bobcats hit five straight free throws to open an eight-point lead in the closing seconds and seal the victory.

The Bobcats came out firing in the first half, hitting 15-of-33 (45.5 percent) from the field, including 6-of-14 from three-point range.

Sophomore Kamillo Rosenthal (Munich, Germany/Catholic (Va.)) had the hot hand for FSU, scoring all 15 of his points on five three-pointers in the opening stanza to help the Bobcats take a 38-32 lead at the break.

In the second half, the Bobcats fended off several Grove City rallies. The Wolverines pulled to within two, 43-41, with 14:14 left, but FSU freshman T.J. Dorsey (Round Hill, Va./Loudoun Valley) scored all of his career-high 11 points in a four-minute span to help give the visitors a 57-51 advantage.

Grove City's Nate Maurer hit a lay-up and two free throws to make it a 57-53 contest before Bowery sparked FSU's game-clinching run.

Junior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport) had eight points, six rebounds and six assists for the Bobcats, who were outrebounded, 41-20, but made up for the differential by forcing 22 turnovers.

Maurer led Grove City with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Tanner Prosser added 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Phil Bushre and Mike Lukcic scored 11 points each.

Frostburg State returns to action on Saturday when it opens Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play at Lake Erie at 4:00 p.m.

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