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Men's Basketball Drops AMCC Championship Game to La Roche in Overtime

ERIE, PA — Sophomore Brandon Kelly's layup with 20 seconds left in overtime accounted for the lone points of the extra session and gave No. 4 La Roche a 44-42 win over No. 3 Frostburg State in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament championship game Saturday afternoon at Penn State Behrend College's Junker Center.

La Roche, which claimed its first AMCC basketball title, finished the year with a 14-14 overall mark. Frostburg State dropped the championship game in overtime for the second time in three years and wrapped up its season at 15-13. The Bobcats claimed the crown in 2001.

Both teams struggled mightily from the floor throughout the game. The Bobcats shot just 17-of-53 (32.1 percent), while the Redhawks hit just 17-of-60 (28.3), including 5-of-23 (21.7) from three-point range.

The shooting woes were most evident in the extra session, both from the field and the free throw line.

FSU missed all four of its attempts from the floor as well as two tries from the stripe, while La Roche failed to convert an early free throw and missed its next four field goals.

Redhawk junior Demetris Pringle pulled down a missed FSU three-pointer with 53 seconds left in overtime, and Kelly finally broke the scoring drought off a feed from senior Cliff Foster. Kelly was fouled on the basket but was off the mark with his ensuing free throw attempt.

Sophomore Dan Ryley (Frederick, Md./St. John’s Prospect Hall) snared the miss to give FSU a final chance to tie or win the game, but senior La Roche Jason Dolak stole the ball with one second left as the Bobcats never got a shot away.

After trailing 26-21 at the half, Frostburg State forged a 35-35 tie on a layup by senior Myro Small (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur). Freshman Antione McCall (Essex, Md./Eastern Tech) followed with a rebound and put-back to give the Bobcats their first lead since a 6-5 edge in the game's opening minutes.

Small added a three-pointer to put FSU in front 40-35, but Dolak sank a pair of free throws to bring La Roche to within 40-37 with 4:18 left in regulation.

Both teams then went ice cold over the next three minutes before Pringle pulled the Redhawks even on a three-pointer with 1:14 to play.

Ryley put FSU back in front 42-40 with a layup with 59 ticks on the clock but Dolak nailed two free throws with 19 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

The Bobcats almost pulled out the win in regulation but two shots in the final four seconds wouldn't fall.

Kelly led La Roche with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Dolak added 14 points. Foster had five points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Ryley paced FSU with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season.

However, seven other Bobcats combined for just 28 points. FSU was also hurt by 7-of-12 shooting from the free throw line and 23 turnovers.

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