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Men's Basketball Rally Comes Up Short in Loss to Pitt-Greensburg
01/15/2003

GREENSBURG, PA — Frostburg State cut a 10-point deficit to two in the closing seconds, but Clint Mullen hit a pair of free throws to help give Pitt-Greensburg a 71-67 win over the Bobcats Wednesday evening at Chambers Hall Gym.

UPG, which snapped a four-game losing streak to FSU, improved to 9-4 overall and 2-1 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Frostburg State fell to 3-8 overall and 0-2 in the league.

Frostburg State trailed, 59-49, with 9:31 remaining but closed to within two after senior A.J. Ernst (Minster, Ohio/Minster) scored eight straight points over the next 3:20.

UPG regained some breathing room with a 7-1 run to take a 66-58 advantage with 3:37 to play.

Ernst kept his squad in the game by draining seven straight FSU points in the closing moments, his last coming on a free throw that made it a 69-67 contest with 59 seconds to go.

Ernst finished with a career-high 24 points and added three rebounds and three steals.

Pitt-Greensburg missed a three-point attempt with six seconds left, but FSU was called for a foul on the rebound. Mullen, a 62 percent free-throw shooter this season, stepped to the line and calmly sank two shots to seal the win.

Frostburg State came out firing from the game's opening tip, quickly taking a 7-0 lead. UPG countered with the next eight points, and the rest of the half was a see-saw affair featuring six lead changes.

Pitt-Greensburg pulled ahead, 27-20, at the 7:42 mark on Isaiah Blanciak's three-pointer, but FSU responded with a eight straight points to regain the lead.

Mullen sank a jumper just 2:01 before halftime to give the hosts a 31-30 edge, and UPG never trailed the rest of the night.

Frostburg State continued to struggle after being hit with several injuries in recent days. Sophomore guard Kamillo Rosenthal (Munich, Germany/Catholic (Va.), the team's second-leading scorer at 13.9 points per game, was likely lost for the year after reaggravating a foot injury suffered over the summer, while junior Dustin Robinson (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) sustained a broken foot over the holiday break.

Sophomore forward J.T. Murphy (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown) also missed the game with a sprained ankle.

Senior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Einstein) finished with 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double. Freshman T.J. Dorsey (Round Hill, Va./Loudoun Valley) tied his career-high with 11 points.

Blanciak led UPG with 15 points, while John Pulley and Phil Grenda added 10 points each.

Frostburg State will try for its first league win when it hosts Penn State Behrend on Saturday at 4:00 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