FROSTBURG, MD —
Senior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Einstein)
scored 18 of his game-high 21 points in the first half and Frostburg State held off La Roche in the final seconds to pull out an 81-79 regular-season ending victory Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Arena.
The Bobcats (10-15, 5-7 AMCC), who have won five of their last six, will be either the No. 5 or No. 6 seed in next week's Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament and will travel to either Pitt-Bradford or Lake Erie for Wednesday's first round action.
Official tournament pairings will be announced Sunday.
Frostburg State held a 67-53 lead with 13:09 remaining, but the Redhawks used a ferocious 17-3 run to pull even at 70 at the 8:03 mark. La Roche moved in front, 75-72, with 4:55 to play before FSU went ahead again on back-to-back jumpers by Bowery and senior A.J. Ernst (Minster, Ohio/Minster).
La Roche (14-11, 8-4), which had its eight-game winning streak snapped, regained the lead, 77-76, on two free throws by Mark Demonaco, but Ernst drained his lone three-pointer of the night with 2:05 to play to give the Bobcats the lead for good.
Frostburg State missed its next three shots but came down with crucial offensive rebounds after each misfire.
Junior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport) sank a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left to give the Bobcats an 81-77 lead, but Cliff Foster hit a jumper with seven ticks remaining to bring the Redhawks to within two, 81-79.
Bowery then missed the front end of a one-and-one, but La Roche failed on both a three-pointer and a short jumper as time expired.
The Bobcats used a 20-of-36 shooting performance in the first half to open a seemingly comfortable 55-43 lead at the intermission. FSU built a 22-9 advantage behind seven points from Bowery, and the lead grew to as many as 19, 34-15, at the 9:52 mark.
The Redhawks closed to within 48-37 on a pair of free throws by Demonaco, but Bowery sank a jumper and junior Myro Small (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) followed with a three-point play to put FSU ahead, 53-37.
Brandon Hoffman's lay-up brought La Roche to within 53-43 before freshman T.J. Dorsey (Round Hill, Va./Loudoun Valley) sank a jumper to give the Bobcats their 12-point advantage at the break.
Bowery added five blocked shots to give him a school-record 61 on the season, surpassing his former mark of 57 he set in 2001.
Small finished with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Dorsey added 10 points.
Demonaco led La Roche with 18 points, while Anthony Ovial (16), Cliff Foster (15) and Dom Joseph (12) also scored in double digits.
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303