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Men's Basketball Rally Falls Short Against Pitt-Bradford
02/15/2003

FROSTBURG, MD — Doug Schneider scored 18 of his career-high 31 points in the second half and visiting Pitt-Bradford held off a furious rally by Frostburg State to escape with an 84-78 win in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference action Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Arena.

Pitt-Bradford (18-5, 7-3) held a seemingly comfortable 62-46 advantage with 12:26 left before watching Frostburg State (8-15, 3-7) claw its way back.

Junior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport) assisted on a jumper by sophomore Kamillo Rosenthal (Munich, Germany/Catholic (Va.)), nailed one of his four three-pointers moments later and sank a jumper to make it a 65-57 contest with 8:08 to go.

The Bobcats closed to within six, 66-60, on a three-pointer by senior A.J. Ernst (Minster, Ohio/Minster) with 6:10 remaining, but the Panthers pushed their advantage back to 10, 74-64, on one of Schneider's game-high seven treys with just 3:00 left.

A pair of free throws by Grabill and a jumper by senior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Einstein) made it a 74-68 game, but Schneider nailed a clutch three-pointer to give the visitors a nine-point edge.

Ernst followed with a short jumper and Bowery sank 3-of-4 free throws to pull the Bobcats to within four, 77-73, with 1:00 remaining before Hobbs drained two shots from the charity stripe for a 79-73 lead.

FSU closed to within three twice in the last 39 seconds, but Pitt-Bradford came through at the free-throw line, hitting 7-of-8 from the stripe to seal the victory.

The Bobcats began the game with four quick points before the Panthers went on a 14-0 run capped by three-pointers from Hobbs and Schneider.

Rosenthal completed a three-point play to bring FSU to within five, 14-9, but Hobbs drained three more three-pointers in a 13-7 stretch that gave the Panthers a 27-16 advantage.

Grabill nailed a three-pointer and assisted on a basket by Bowewry to help FSU close to 32-25, but Pitt-Bradford outscored the Bobcats, 14-1, over the final 4:11 of the first half to take a 42-26 cushion into intermission.

Grabill finished with a career-high 24 points, while Ernst added 19 points before fouling out with 34 seconds remaining. Bowery posted 16 points and 12 rebounds, and he tied his own school record with seven blocks which he initially set against Mount Aloysius on December 10, 2001.

Hobbs had 21 points, and Matt Rowles added 14 points and 10 rebounds. FSU held senior Matt Beacom, the two-time AMCC Player of the Year who came in averaging 22 points and 11 rebounds, to just six points and seven rebounds. He fouled out with 4:42 to play.

Frostburg State will visit Penn State Altoona on Wednesday at 8:00 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