FROSTBURG, MD —
Senior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Albert Einstein)
recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds, and fellow senior A.J. Ernst (Minster, Ohio/Minster)
added 16 points, including seven of Frostburg State's last nine, to help the Bobcats earn a hard-fought 65-60 win over Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference front-runner Penn State Behrend Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Arena.
The Bobcats (4-8, 1-2 AMCC) came out hot, hitting seven of their first eight shots from the field to open an 18-2 advantage. Bowery, who posted his third straight double-double, scored all 11 of his first-half points in the game's opening 9:12 as Frostburg State built a 23-8 lead.
Penn State Behrend (8-5, 3-1) used an 11-2 run over the next two minutes to cut its deficit to six, 25-19, but Ernst hit one of two free throws and nailed a three-pointer give the Bobcats a 31-19 bulge.
Lion junior James Curren then took over, scoring nine points in a 12-4 spurt that brought his squad to within 35-31 with 3:07 left in the first half. Ernst answered for FSU, drilling another three-pointer to help the Bobcats take a 38-33 advantage at the break.
Frostburg State, who never trailed in the contest, continued to hold the Lions at bay throughout the second half. Behrend closed to within 46-41 with 13:45 remaining, but freshman T.J. Dorsey (Round Hill, Va./Loudoun Valley) drained back-to-back shots to give the hosts some breathing room at 50-41.
The Lions made several more charges, pulling to within four points three times over the next four mintes, but the Bobcats had an answer each time.
Bowery sank two free throws to give FSU a 56-50 cushion with 6:33 to go, and Ernst buried his third three-pointer of the day as the Bobcats opened a nine-point advantage.
Behrend scored six straight points to crawl to within three, 63-60, with 12 seconds left, but Ernst hit a pair of free throws with nine ticks remaining to seal the victory.
The Bobcats hits 19-of-24 free throws for the game, including 12-of-13 in the second half.
Junior Myro Small (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur (Cecil CC)) finished with 12 points and six rebounds for FSU.
Curren posted game-highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Joe Lucas and David Hairston added nine points each.
Behrend held a 37-28 rebounding advantage but couldn't overcome a poor start and 36.7 percent shooting, including a 7-for-22 (31.8) performance in the second half.
Frostburg State returns to action on Monday when it hosts Gallaudet 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