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Men's Basketball Loses at Home to Penn State Altoona
01/18/2005

Frostburg, MD — Penn State Altoona had four players score in double figures as they defeated host Frostburg State in men’s basketball action Tuesday night, 87-78.

The Lions (2-10, 1-5) used their balanced offensive attack to pull away in the second-half scoring 47 points and never trailied after the two-minute mark of the second half. Penn State Altoona tied the game on a jumper from Evan Thompson and took the lead for good on a jumper and free-throw from Barry Minemeyer, 47-44.

The Bobcats (9-5, 4-3) tied the game, 50-50, on a jumper from junior Jason Peterson (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) before Altoona would take control of the game. Tyler Franklin hit a three-pointer to start the Lions on a 15-5 run and give them their largest lead of the game at 65-55.

Frostburg State cut the lead to one, 69-68, on a three-pointer by junior Kamillo Rosenthal (Munich, Germany/Bishop Sullivan) with just over six minutes to play. That was as close as the Bobcats would get as the Lions would hit 14-of-16 free-throws down the stretch to seal the win.

The first half was fast paced and saw seven lead changes and seven ties. A jumper from junior Victor Arana (Aberdeen, Md./Ellison, Texas) tied the game at 10-10, before Penn State Altoona went on a 9-0 run to take a 19-10 lead.

The Bobcats then went on a 19-8 run of their own, capped by a jumper from junior Dan Ryley (Frederick, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall) to take a 29-28 lead.

Thompson then hit two three-pointers for the Lions in the final two minutes of the first half sending them to a 40-39 lead at the half.

FSU was led on the night by Peterson who scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Ryley added 20 points, while Arana scored 10 points and nabbed eight rebounds.

Franklin led Penn State Altoona scoring 27 points with Minemeyer adding 18. John Gross grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

Frostburg State returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Pitt-Greensburg at 4 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