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Men's Basketball Visits Washington & Jefferson Wednesday
01/06/2004

FROSTBURG, MD - The Frostburg State men's basketball team returns to action Wednesday when it visits Washington & Jefferson at 8:00 pm at the Henry Memorial Center.

The game is FSU's final non-conference contest before before a seven-game stretch against Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponents that starts Saturday when the Bobcats host league foe Lake Erie at 4:00 pm.

FSU (5-5) split a pair of games at the Bridgewater College/Don Glick Invitational this past weekend, downing Eastern Mennonite 86-65 Saturday before falling to Bridgewater 92-85 in the championship game Sunday.

Senior Myro Small (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) led FSU with 21 points against EMU and 23 versus Bridgewater to earn All-Tournament honors.

Small, the team's leading scorer (16.5 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (5.2 rpg), has had the hot hand of late for the Bobcats, averaging 21.2 points and 7.0 rebounds in the last five contests.

He has scored 20 or more points in four of those games, including a career-high 27 in an 88-85 win over Mt. Aloysius December 10.

Junior Chris Vaughn (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) is the only other Bobcat averaging double digits in scoring at 10.4 points per game. He had a career-high 22 points and eight rebounds in Friday's win over EMU and leads FSU with 21 three-pointers made.

Senior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport) is adding 9.7 points per game and a team-high 33 assists, while sophomore Jimmy Ward (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) is averaging 9.4 points and 5.4 rebounds since joining the team five games ago after the completion of the football season (he is a back-up quarterback).

After seeing limited action his first contests, Ward has averaged 14.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in FSU's last three games.

Washington & Jefferson (5-6) looks to rebound from a 93-69 loss to Hamilton in the championship game of the Hamilton Invitational Sunday. The Presidents trailed 66-62 with 9:31 remaining, but Hamilton used a 19-0 run to pull away.

W&J, which erased an 18-points first-half deficit to defeat Eastern Connecticut State 77-75 in the semifinals Saturday, is led by junior forward Steve Button's 14.9 points per game.

Freshman guard Jon Koch is averaging 13.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per outing, while fellow freshman guard Brandon Studer is adding 13.0 points and a team-high 27 steals.

The Presidents are being out-rebounded by an average of 38.5-32.9.

FSU holds a slight 5-4 lead in the all-time series but has won four of the last five meetings, including a 74-54 victory last year in the consolation game of the Catholic University Pepsi Classic.

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