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Men's Basketball Powers Past Westminster
12/06/2003

FROSTBURG, MD - Senior Myro Small (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) scored a career-high 23 points to lead five Frostburg State players in double figures, and the Bobcats went on a 14-3 midway through the second half to power its way to a 90-62 win over Westminster Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Arena.

Senior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport) scored a season-high 20 points and handed out seven assists, while sophomore Dan Ryley (Frederick, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall) added 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

Junior Chris Vaughn (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) had 11 points, and junior David Quay, Jr. (Lewiston, Pa./Indian Valley) posted his second straight double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bobcats (3-3), who came in averaging 65.6 points over its first five games, held a slight 36-31 at halftime but shot a season-high 54.1 percent (20-of-37) in the second half.

FSU forced 11 turnovers which led to 15 points and held Westminster to 14-of-37 (37.8) shooting in the second stanza.

Small sandwiched baskets around a three-pointer by Vaughn to help FSU build a 43-33 advantage early in the second half, and the lead grew to 14, 51-37, with 14:23 left.

Westminster (1-4) scored five straight to close to within 51-42, but the Bobcats used a 14-3 spurt over the next seven minutes to take a commanding 65-45 lead.

Small had four points in the stretch, while Ryley added six, including a thundering dunk off a Small miss to cap the outburst.

Small then scored five straight points to give FSU a 78-54 advantage with 3:20 to play.

"I thought we did a great job on the boards, which allowed us to get a lot of fast-break opportunities, and I thought our zone defense was solid," said Bobcat head coach Webb Hatch, whose squad owned a 48-37 rebounding advantage.

The game was tight through the first 10 minutes of the opening half. FSU held an early 9-4 lead before Westminster went on an 11-2 run to take a 15-11 advantage.

Grabill hit a jumper to bring the Bobcats to within 17-15, but the Titans opened a 23-17 cushion with 6:29 left in the half.

However, Frostburg State countered with a 19-3 run over the next five minutes to surge in front 36-26.

Vaughn sank back-to-back three-pointers to begin the spurt, and Grabill fed Quay for a basket before hitting two free throws to give the Bobcats a 27-25 edge.

Small then hit consecutive shots, Quay followed with a short jumper and Grabill drained a three-pointer to put FSU up by 10 with 1:33 left in the half.

Westminster scored the final five points to cut its deficit to 36-31 at the break.

Sophomore Dom Joseph led Westminster with 16 points, while sophomore Micah Delo and junior Ed Pagley added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Frostburg State returns to action Wednesday when it visits Mt. Aloysius at 8:00 pm.

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