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Men's Basketball Slips Past Shenandoah in Home Opener
11/30/2004

FROSTBURG, MD — Red-shirt junior Kamillo Rosenthal (Munich, Germany/Bishop Sullivan, Va.) hit a pair of go-ahead free throws with 55 seconds left and Frostburg State held on for a thrilling 75-73 win over Shenandoah Tuesday night at Bobcat Arena.

The Bobcats (2-2) held a 72-63 lead with 4:29 to play before the Hornets stormed back with a 10-0 run to take a one-point edge with 1:03 left.

Shenandoah senior Chris Rhone hit the final basket of the spurt but was whistled for a crucial technical foul on the way back down the court.

Rosenthal, who led FSU with 20 points, stepped to the line and calmly sank both of his attempts to give FSU a 74-73 lead, but the Hornets regained possession with 24 ticks to go.

Bobcat red-shirt freshman Brian Owen (Gainesville, Va./Brentsville) came up with a critical steal and then hit one-of-two free throws to give FSU a 75-73 lead with eight seconds to play.

Shenandoah (3-1) called timeout with 2.8 seconds and had one final chance, but Rhone’s shot was off the mark and time expired.

The Hornets held a 55-47 cushion with 12:47 to play before the Bobcats stormed back with 14 straight points over the next four minutes.

Junior Daniel Ryley (Frederick, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall) started the run with a rebound and basket, Owen followed with a layup and Rosenthal added a three-pointer to cut FSU’s deficit to one.

Junior Steve Coursey (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) put the Bobcats ahead with a jumper, junior Victor Arana (Aberdeen, Md./Ellison, Texas (Harford Community College)) then made a layup and Rosenthal hit another three-pointer to make it a 61-55 lead.

Owen sank another shot from behind the arc to give the Bobcats a 64-56 cushion with 8:10 remaining, and Rosenthal and Owen later sank back-to-back three-pointers to push FSU’s advantage to 72-63 and set up the exciting finish.

The teams battled through a tight first half that featured seven ties and seven lead changes.

The Bobcats took a 10-7 lead on a three-pointer by junior Jason Peterson (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen (Harford Community College)) before the Hornets went on a 9-0 run to move ahead 16-10.

Frostburg State then turned the tables with eight straight points to take an 18-16 edge. Peterson and Arana each drained a pair of free throws and Peterson added a layup to pull FSU even at 16. Peterson then pulled down a defensive rebound and fed Ryley for a layup to put the Bobcats back in front.

Senior Chris Rhone gave Shenandoah the lead again, 21-20, with a jumper at the 6:58 mark, but a layup by Rosenthal and a three-pointer by Owen made it a 25-21 Bobcat advantage.

Rhone snapped a 28-28 tie with two free throws and added a dunk minutes later to give the visitors a 32-29 lead with 1:35 left in the half. The teams then traded jumpers before Ryley capped the scoring with a layup to pull Frostburg State to within 34-33 at the break.

Peterson finished with 16 points, while Owen added 14 points and three steals. Ryley had 12 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.

Rhone led Shenandoah with 20 points, Onyie Onunaku added 14 points and nine rebounds and Chris Jenkins and Kenneth Purnell each had 12 points.

Frostburg State returns to action this weekend with a pair of Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference road games.

The Bobcats visit Pitt-Bradford Friday at 8 pm before taking on Penn State Behrend Saturday at 6.

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