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Men's Basketball Uses Big Second-Half Rally to Slip By Penn State Altoona
02/01/2005

ALTOONA, Pa. — Frostburg State used a 13-1 run midway through the second half to erase a 12-point deficit en route to an 81-76 win over host Penn State Altoona in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference game Tuesday night at Adler Gym.

The Bobcats improved to 13-6 overall and 8-4 in the AMCC with their fourth win in their last five games. The Lions fell to 4-13 overall and 3-8 in the conference.

FSU trailed 56-44 with 12:45 left before storming back to tie the game at 57 with just under 10 minutes remaining.

Junior Steve Coursey (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) jump-started the rally with a three-point play and added another three-point play after a jumper by junior Dan Ryley (Frederick, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall).

Red-shirt freshman Brian Owen (Gainesville, Va./Brentsville) then drilled a three-pointer to pull the Bobcats even. Following a Lion layup, Owen sank another shot from behind the arc as well as a free throw to give FSU a 61-59 edge with 8:57 to play.

Penn State Altoona scored the next five points to regain a 64-61 advantage, and the teams then traded one-point leads four times before junior Chris Vaughn (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) connected on a three-pointer with 4:38 left to put FSU in front for good.

After the Lions pulled to within two, 72-70, Owen hit a key three-pointer before he and junior Victor Arana (Aberdeen, Md./Ellison, Texas)) combined to go 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final 34 seconds to seal the win.

FSU missed 11 of its first 14 shots of the game and fell behind 22-9 at the 11:03 mark but eventually pulled to within six, 29-23, on a Ryley layup with 6:07 left in the opening half.

Tyler Franklin then scored 10 straight Altoona points to give the hosts a 39-27 cushion before the Bobcats closed out the period with an 8-2 run to make it a 41-35 contest at the break.

Ryley tied his season high with 20 points to lead five Bobcats in double figures. Coursey finished with 17, junior Jason Peterson (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen (Harford CC)) had 13, Owen 12 and Vaughn 11.

Arana added a solid all-around game with six points, nine rebounds, nine assists and two steals.

The loss spoiled an outstanding effort by Franklin, who poured in 41 points on 16-of-26 shooting, including a 5-of-11effort from behind the arc.

Barry Minemyer finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Ethan Stewart-Smith had 11 points and eight assists.

Frostburg State, which remained in a tie for second place just one game behind the top spot in the AMCC, visits La Roche in another key conference battle Friday 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

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu