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Pitt-Bradford Outlasts Bobcats in OT to Win AMCC Men's Basketball Championship
02/23/2002

BRADFORD, PA - Pitt-Bradford used a last second three-pointer to send the game into overtime and then hit 8-of-8 free throws in the extra session to outlast Frostburg State, 102-99, and win the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament Saturday afternoon at the McDowell Sports Center.

The Bobcats (16-12) gained a 99-98 edge on sophomore Ryan Grabill's (Hagerstown, Md./Williamsport) three-point play with 53.6 seconds left in overtime, but Matt Rowles hit a pair of free throws with 37.4 ticks remaining to put UPB ahead, 100-99.

FSU looked for the go ahead basket on its next possession, but Rowles stole the entry pass into the low post and Jason Luther sealed the win with a pair of free throws with 11.6 seconds to play.

Senior Sean Brown (Baltimore, Md./North County) had his desperation three-pointer hit the front of the rim at the buzzer as the Bobcats were denied their repeat of the AMCC title.

FSU looked to have the game wrapped up in regulation, overcoming a 87-82 deficit with eight straight points to take 90-87 lead with 13.7 seconds left. Sophomore Mike Hall (Herndon, Va./Oakton) hit two straight baskets to make it 87-86, and junior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Albert Einstein) followed with a steal and coast-to-coast layup to put FSU up by one. Brown then hit two crucial free throws to give the Bobcats a three-point cushion.

The Panthers (22-4) then called timeout with 9.8 ticks left in regulation, and Luther sent the game into overtime with a three-pointer at the top of the arc with in front of two Bobcat defenders. Brown had one last attempt for FSU in regulation, but his long trey at the buzzer went wide left of the rim.

The game began as the dogfight most expected, with the teams trading the lead throughout the first five minutes.

Junior center Matt Beacom scored five early points for Bradford as the Panthers took a 7-4 lead, but Hall hit a jumper and a hook shot on consecutive possessions to give FSU a 10-9 lead at the 15:39 mark.

Rowles then scored five straight to put the Panthers back in front, 14-10, before FSU put together an 11-5 run to take slight 21-19 edge. Bowery sandwiched jumpers around a Hall rebound and put-back, and Grabill sank an off-balance shot along the baseline and hit the free throw after being fouled on the play.

The Panthers then turned to their outside game and used a 22-7 stretch to build a 41-28 lead with 2:59 left in the first half. Sophomore Eric Siuta scored 11 straight points for UPB, sinking three three-pointers in the spurt.

Frostburg State closed the opening stanza on a tear, outscoring Bradford, 12-4, in the final 2:39. Bowery sank a layup and Robinson drained a three-pointer following a steal of the inbounds pass to cut the deficit to 41-33, and Rosenthal later nailed a pair of free throws and a three-pointer to bring the Bobcats to within three, 43-40. Bowery ended the half with a baseline jumper, and FSU went into the lockerroom trailing, 45-42.

Bowery finished with a game-high 29 points for FSU, while Brown added 18 points and Hall a career-high 13. Rosenthal added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Rowles poured in 23 points, while Luther finished with 20. Beacom added 19 points and seven boards for the Panthers, who will await a possible berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

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