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Men's Basketball Second-Half Woes Lead to Defeat at Shenandoah
12/13/2002

WINCHESTER, VA — Shenandoah University outscored Frostburg State University, 23-8, over the final 7:55 to pick up a 76-59 win and hand the Bobcats their fourth straight loss Friday night at Shingleton Gymnasium.

The Hornets (5-1) held a slim 53-51 lead with 8:21 left to play before blowing the game open with an 11-0 run over the next 3:14. Halston Camp sandwiched a put-back and a jumper around a three-pointer by John Tigney, and Jared Hale drained four straight free throws to cap the spurt.

The Bobcats (1-4) missed three shots and committed three turnovers to help the Shenandoah run. Junior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport) snapped the Hornets' string with a layup that pulled FSU to within 11, 64-53, with 4:32 remaining, but the Bobcats missed their next five shots as SU went on to the win.

The first half was a see-saw affair that saw five ties and four lead changes. The Bobcats trailed, 8-4, in the opening minutes before pulling even at 10. FSU took a 14-10 lead on consecutive lay-ups from sophomores Kamillo Rosenthal (Munich, Germany/Catholic (Va.)) and Chris Vaughn (Manchester, Md./North Carroll), but the Hornets used a 7-2 to move back in front.

Senior Robert Jones (Fort Washington, Md./Friendly) then hit three straight jumpers for the Bobcats, the last giving FSU a 28-24 advantage with 3:29 left in the first half.

Shenandoah sank consecutive buckets to pull even again, but a three-pointer by senior A.J. Ernst (Minster, Ohio/Minster) closed out the first-half scoring to give the Bobcats a 31-28 lead at the break.

Neither team could pull away in the first 10 minutes of the second half. The Hornets took a 41-38 edge with 14:26 to play, but senior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Einstein) sank two free throws, Ernst made a lay-up and Grabill hit two free throws following a technical foul on the SU bench to give the Bobcats a 44-41 cushion.

The teams then traded three pointers before a Grabill lay-up put FSU up, 49-44. But, Shenandoah scored nine straight to storm back in front, 53-49, and went on their 11-0 run moments later to take control.

Bowery had 17 points, while Rosenthal finished with 16 for the Bobcats, who hit just 8-of-27 (29.6) shots and committed 12 turnovers in the second half.

Tyson Thompson scored a game-high 19 points and added nine assists for the Hornets, and Camp posted 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jared Hale added 12 points for the victors.

Frostburg State is off until Sunday, December 22 when it takes on Christopher Newport at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. at 2:00 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