WASHINGTON, D.C. —
Gettysburg College used an 18-0 run early in the second half to post a 76-63 win over Frostburg State in the opening game of the Catholic University Pepsi Classic Saturday afternoon at the DuFour Center.
The Bobcats (1-6), who dropped their sixth straight contest after opening the season with an 88-77 win over Wayneburg, held a slight 30-29 lead at halftime.
FSU quickly moved out to a six-point advantage in the opening moments of the second stanza after a three-pointer by sophomore Chris Vaughn (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) and a jumper by senior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Einstein).
A lay-up by senior Robert Jones (Ft. Washington, Md./Friendly) gave the Bobcats a 37-33 edge before the Bullets went on their 18-0 tear over the next seven minutes to open a 51-37 bulge.
Gettysburg's Justin Harrison scored seven of his 17 points in the spurt, while FSU committed seven turnovers and missed six shots.
The Bobcats looked to counter, using an 11-4 surge to pull to within six, 54-48, with 5:43 to play. However, the Bullets (6-5) held off FSU at the free throw line, hitting 16-of-21 from the stripe down the stretch.
The teams battled through a tight first half of play, with neither team able to take command. FSU opened a 15-9 advantage at the 13:26 mark before Gettysburg went on a 9-2 run to move ahead, 18-17, at the midway point. The rest of the half featured four ties and four lead changes.
The loss spoiled a strong performance by Bowery, who scored a season-high 26 points, grabbed seven rebounds and recorded three blocked shots. Vaughn added a career-high 10 points, three rebounds and two steals, while Jones posted seven points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Dami Olorunoba had 25 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to lead Gettysburg, which shot 56.8 percent (25-of-44) for the game as opposed to 35.2 (25-of-71) for FSU. Kyle Jakobe and David Glaser added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Bullets.
Frostburg State returns to action tomorrow in the tournament consolation game against Washington & Jefferson at 2:00 pm. The Presidents fell to Catholic, 107-60, in Saturday's other contest. Catholic and Gettysburg will square off for the championship at 4:00 p.m.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303