Frostburg, Md. —
Sophomore Brian Owen (Gainesville, Va./Brentsville)
scored a game-high 27 points and tied the school record with seven three pointers for Frostburg State in a 95-92 double-overtime loss to Pitt-Greensburg in men’s basketball action Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Arena.
Despite the loss, FSU earned the No. 6 seed in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament. Frostburg State will travel to No. 3 seeded Penn State Behrend next Tuesday for an opening round game at 8:00 pm. Pitt-Greensburg wrapped up the No. 2 seed and earned a bye for the first round and will travel to Lake Erie next weekend for the tournament semifinals.
FSU fell to 11-14 overall and 8-10 in the AMCC while UPG improved to 16-9 overall and 14-4 in the conference.
Frostburg State trailed by ten points early in the second half but went on a 12-4 run to the cut the deficit to one, 43-42 at 17:03. Duke Cooper would give the visitors a 49-44 lead at 14:06, but FSU would again battle back and take its first lead since midway through the opening half, 52-51, with 11:42 to play.
Pitt-Greensburg held a 59-54 lead, at 8:53 but Frostburg State used a 13-4 run, highlighted by two Owen three pointers, to open a 64-63 lead with just under six minutes to play.
UPG’s Bill Scavinky made a layup to take a two-point lead, 74-72, at 1:49. FSU sophomore Keith Hazel (Weirton, W. Va./Weir) hit a jumper at 1:33 to tie the game at 74 and both teams were unable to break the deadlock as the game headed into overtime.
In the first OT, sophomore Dale DeBerry (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist) made a pair of free throws with 2:39 left to tie the game at 78. After Pitt-Greensburg took a two-point lead, Owen drained a three pointer and two free throws to give FSU a three-point lead, 83-80 with 31 seconds left.
UPG went up three, 86-83, with just five seconds to play after a pair of baskets and two free throws. On the ensuing FSU possession, DeBerry drained an off-balance three pointer with less than a second remaining to send the game into a second overtime.
An Owen three pointer gave Frostburg State a 92-91 lead with 2:02 to play but UPG scored four-straight points to take a 95-92 lead with six seconds remaining. FSU was unable to duplicate earlier heroics as a three pointer with two seconds left missed and Pitt-Greensburg escaped with the win.
In the first half, FSU opened a six-point lead, 13-7, with 13:55 left with a senior Brandon Howell (Silver Spring, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) layup. UPG would quickly erase the deficit, opening an 18-13 lead at 9:17. at 2:43, Frostburg State narrowed the gap to 29-26, but the visitors extended the leads to nine points at the break.
Seniors Marcus McIntyre (Washington, D.C./Wilson) and Dan Ryley (Frederick, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall) each recorded double-doubles for Frostburg State. McIntyre had 15 points and 13 rebounds while Ryley had 11 points and 12 boards. Hazel added 12 points and Howell netted 10 scores for FSU.
Cooper led UPG with 22 points, 12 boards and seven steals followed by Scavinky with 21 scores and 10 rebounds.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303