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Strong First Half Propels Men's Basketball to Win Over La Roche
01/23/2002

FROSTBURG, MD — Frostburg State allowed a season-low 21 first-half points and used scoring from 10 different players to pick up an 85-70 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference win over visiting La Roche College Wednesday night at Bobcat Arena.

The Bobcats (8-9, 4-2 AMCC), who snapped a two-game losing skid, held a 39-21 lead at halftime thanks to a 16-of-34 (47.1) performance from the field and a strong defensive effort that limited the Redhawks to just 9-of-25 shooting in the opening stanza.

FSU opened a 14-4 lead just five minutes into the game and stretched its advantage to 23-11 at the midway point of the first half. The Bobcats continued to pour it on, using a 14-6 run over the next 7:14 to build a 37-17 bulge.

La Roche (5-10, 2-4) found its shooting touch in the second half, hitting 19-of-32 attempts (59.4 percent), but the Bobcats had an answer for every possible Redhawk rally.

FSU took its largest lead of the game, 60-37, on a jumper by sophomore Dustin Robinson (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) with 11:52 to play, and the Bobcat advantage hovered near 20 points for the next five minutes.

La Roche used a 10-0 run to make it a 70-59 FSU lead with 5:36 remaining, but Bobcat junior A.J. Ernst (Minster, Ohio/Minster) scored seven points of his 12 points in a 13-5 FSU stretch to help seal the victory.

Junior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Albert Einstein) led Frostburg State with 15 points in just 13 minutes of foul-plagued action, while senior Sean Brown (Baltimore, Md./North County) added 10 points.

Sophomore Ryan Grabill (Hagerstown, Md./Williamsport), making just his fifth start of the season, posted nine points, five rebounds and a career-high eight assists for the Bobcats, who shot a solid 17-of-20 from the free throw line.

La Roche sophomore Jabari Mathews scored a game-high 28 points, including 23 in the second half, while senior Nick Franitti added 10 points.

Senior Marcess Williams, who came into the game leading the Redhawks with 15.5 points per game, left the game in the first half with a knee injury and finished with six points in 10 minutes.

Frostburg State returns to action on Saturday when it visits Lake Erie in another AMCC game at 4 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