ERIE, PA —
Senior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport)
scored a game-high 13 points and senior Myro Small (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur)
added 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds to lead No. 3 Frostburg State to a 57-51 win over No. 2 Pitt-Greensburg in the semifinals of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament semifinals Friday night at Penn State Behrend College's Junker Center.
The Bobcats (16-12) will take on No. 4 La Roche in the championship game Saturday at 3:00 pm. La Roche (14-14) stunned No. 1 Penn State Behrend (22-3) 66-57 in Friday's first semifinal contest.
FSU took both regular-season meetings from La Roche, claiming an 82-79 overtime victory in Frostburg January 29 and posting an 80-71 victory at La Roche February 21.
FSU, which has won a season-high four straight, will be making its third appearance in the championship game in the last four years. The Bobcats won the AMCC crown in 2001 and fell in overtime in the 2002 title game.
FSU came out of the gate on fire, hitting eight of its first 10 shots to build a 17-2 lead just over five minutes into the game. However, FSU lost its shooting touch and UPG used a 14-3 run over the next 6:40 to pull to within 20-16.
Grabill drilled a three-pointer and sophomore Dan Ryley (Frederick, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall) followed with a jumper to give FSU a 25-16 advantage, but UPG outscored FSU 9-2 over the final 6:10 of the first half and trailed 27-25 at the break.
FSU held a slight 32-29 lead in the early moments of the second half and seemed to take control with an 11-0 run.
Small began the outburst with a jumper, Ryley followed with a layup and freshman Antione McCall (Essex, Md./Eastern Tech) drained a three-pointer. Small then connected on back-to-back shots as FSU opened a 43-29 cushion with 13:48 to play.
UPG would not go quietly, however, and countered with a 10-2 spurt to make it a 45-39 contest. Grabill hit another three-pointer to give FSU a 48-39 lead with 5:59 remaining before UPG made another charge.
Clint Mullen and Nate Watkins made consecutive layups and Jon Germock a free throw to bring UPG to within 48-44, but sophomore Steve Coursey (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) converted a crucial three-point play and then hit a layup to give FSU a 53-44 cushion with 1:28 left.
UPG got as close as five, 56-51, with 19 seconds remaining.
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303