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Men's Basketball Loses to Lake Erie, 71-51 in Regular-Season Finale
02/17/2007

PAINESVILLE, Ohio — The Frostburg State men’s team failed to overcome a slow start and fell to Lake Erie 71-51, Saturday afternoon.

Despite the loss, FSU (10-15, 9-9) will earn a No. 4, 5 or 6 seed in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament that will be held next week. The Bobcats await results from Hilbert vs. Medaille and Penn State Altoona vs. Mt. Aloysius to determine their exact seed.

LEC (23-2, 17-1) wins the AMCC regular-season title and will host the tournament final four on February 23 and 24.

Frostburg State shot just 5-of-24 (20.8%) in the first half while Lake Erie was 13-of-26 (50.0%) from the field and led at the break 35-18. The Bobcats improved in the second half, shooting 11-of-28 (39.3%) while the Storm shot 15-of-30 (50.0%).

Freshman Paul Shockley (Leesburg, Va./Heritage) led the Bobcats with 11 points followed by junior Antione McCall (Essex, Md./Eastern Tech) and sophomore Juan Wansley (Odenton, Md./Arundel) each with 10 points.

Howard Washington led four Lake Erie players in double figures with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds. Derrick Thornton scored 15 while Robert Williams had 12 and John Dickinson came off the bench to score 11.

The Storm controlled the first half right from the opening tip, taking an 11-3 lead midway through. With 58 seconds left in the first half, Washington hit a three-pointer to give the hosts their largest lead of the period, 35-14. Sophomore Jonathan Forster (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) ended the half on a positive note for FSU as he hit a free throw and a three-pointer to narrow the deficit to 35-18 at the break.

Junior Keith Hazel (Weirton, W.Va./Weir) hit a trey at the 17:41 mark in the second to cut the LEC lead to 15, 37-22. Lake Erie would push its lead over 20 points three more times over the next 10 minutes until Shockley and junior Brian Green (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) hit back-to-back three-pointers to cut the lead back down to 15, 58-43.

However, the Storm proved to be too strong as they opened a game-high 25-point cushion, 71-46, with just 3:01 to play before going on for the 71-51 victory.

Frostburg State held a 17-11 edge on the offensive glass but Lake Erie out rebounded the visitors 25-20 on the defensive end. LEC also handed out 17 assists compared to FSU’s six.

The Bobcats regular season ends and they will await two later games to determine their next play date.

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