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Shenandoah Uses Second-Half Surge to Rally Past Bobcats
12/04/2001

FROSTBURG, MD — Ronald Merriwether scored 20 of his game-high 28 points in the second half and Shenandoah outscored Frostburg State, 33-8, over a 12-minute span of the second half to rally for a 92-81 win Tuesday night at Bobcat Arena.

Frostburg State (2-3) pulled away from a 41-37 halftime lead to open a 55-45 advantage with 16:28 remaining before the Hornets heated up and the Bobcats went cold.

Michael Atkins' three-point play capped a 7-0 Hornet run before sophomore Mike Hall (Herndon, Va./Oakton) snapped the streak with a jumper to give FSU a 57-52 edge.

After the teams went scoreless for a three-minute stretch, Merriwether and junior Tyson Thompson put Shenandoah ahead to stay, with each pouring in 11 points over the next eight minutes.

Thompson, who finished with 25 points and six assists, was deadly from the outside during the stretch, sinking a three-pointer to tie the game at 59 with 10:22 left and adding consecutive treys to give the Hornets a commanding 76-63 lead with 5:30 to play.

Junior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Albert Einstein) drained back-to-back three-pointers to close the gap to 88-81 with 25 seconds left, but Thompson sank a pair of free throws and Merriwether capped the evening with a dunk as time expired.

Senior Sean Brown (Baltimore, Md./North County) led the Bobcats with 20 points and eight assists, while Bowery finished with 17 points.

Junior A.J. Ernst (Minster, Ohio/Minster) added 13 points.

Atkins posted 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Fred Cooke added 10 points for the Hornets, who hit a blistering 58.8 percent (20-of-34) in the second half.

Shenandoah (4-2) outrebounded the Bobcats, 44-30, and hit 20-of-27 from the foul line.

The Bobcats return to action on Thursday when they visit Bethany (W.Va.) at 7:30 p.m.

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