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Men's Basketball Outlasts La Roche Behind Bowery's Career-High 34 Points
02/17/2002

PITTSBURGH — Junior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Albert Einstein) scored seven of his career-high 34 points in overtime to lead Frostburg State to an exciting 86-78 win over host La Roche College in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference regular-season finale for both teams Saturday night at the Kerr Sports Center.

The Bobcats, who won for the seventh time in their last nine games, improved to 14-11 overall and 9-3 in the AMCC and enter the AMCC Tournament as the No. 3 seed for the second straight year.

FSU finished tied with Penn State Behrend for second place in the league standings, but the Lions won a coin flip to take the No. 2 seed.

FSU will host Penn State Altoona in the first-round of the AMCC Tournament Wednesday night at Bobcat Arena. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Bowery, who added 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals, dominated overtime, scoring the first six points to give FSU an 80-74 lead.

La Roche, which forced the extra session on Eric Michael's off-balance three-pointer with just 1.9 seconds left in regulation, got no closer than four points and had four players foul out in overtime.

The Bobcats trailed throughout the contest until finally pulling even at 65 on a Bowery jumper with 4:18 left in regulation.

Freshman Kamillo Rosenthal (Munich, Germany/Catholic (Va.)), who posted his first career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, then gave FSU its first lead of the game with a three-pointer at the 2:57 mark, and the rookie followed with a clutch off-balance trey from the left corner with the shot clock winding down on FSU's next possession to make it a 71-67 contest.

La Roche (8-17, 3-9) tied it on consecutive baskets by senior Marcess Williams before FSU regained a three-point advantage, 74-71, on a free throw by senior Sean Brown (Baltimore, Md./North County) and two more shots from the charity stripe by sophomore Ryan Grabill (Hagerstown, Md./Williamsport).

After nearly losing the ball at halfcourt on their ensuing possession, the Redhawks called a timeout with 10 seconds remaining, and Michael sent the game into the extra session with an off-balance three-pointer from the left side of the arc.

La Roche had the Bobcats on their heels for most of the first half, shooting 66.7 percent (18-of-27) in the opening 20 minutes and building a 37-27 lead with 2:40 left before halftime.

However, Bowery scored nine straight points in a 12-4 FSU run to close out the half as the Bobcats trailed 41-39 at the break.

Brown finished with 14 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals for FSU, which finished the game 29-of-41 from the free throw line.

Williams led La Roche with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Nick Franitti added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

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