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Men's Basketball Falls to Goucher in Season Opener, 77-72

FROSTBURG, Md. — Pierre Jones poured in 25 points and grabbed 11 boards to guide Goucher to a 77-72 win over Frostburg State, Tuesday evening at Bobcat Arena. The game was not only the season opener for FSU but the opening round of the Provident Bank Pride of Maryland Division III Scholarship Basketball Tournament.

The tournament now shifts to Goucher in Baltimore, Md. for the final two rounds.

Jones, who scored 15 of his points in the second half, helped the Gophers to a 2-0 record with the win.

Junior Keith Hazel (Weirton, W.Va./Weir) led the Bobcats with 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Classmate Brian Greene (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) was second on the team with 16 scores. He had a team-high five assists and four rebounds to go along with two steals.

Freshman Paul Shockley (Leesburg, Va./Heritage) was the third Bobcat in double-digits, scoring 12 points in his first collegiate game.

FSU shot 43.5 percent from the floor (27-of-62) and 31.6 percent from behind the arc (6-of-19), but GC shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) from the field and 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from three-point range.

The teams battled through five lead changes and two ties early on until the Gophers took a six-point cushion, 25-19, with 8:16 to play in the opening half. After the Bobcats cut it to one, 30-29 at 4:20, Goucher surged out to a seven-point edge with 3:08 left.

Green would hit two free throws and a three-pointer late in the half to narrow the score to 41-40 in favor of the visitors at the break.

The second half began like the first, with six lead changes and six ties until the Gophers broke a 60-60 deadlock with 6:14 left in the game, with an 11-2 run.

With the score at 71-62, Shockley made a pair of free throws and a three-pointer to help FSU narrow the score to 71-67 with 1:06 to play.

With 15 seconds left, Shockley hit two free throws to make the score 75-72, but GC’s Miguel Negron sealed the win with two foul shots with 10 seconds to play.

FSU returns to action on Saturday in the second round of the tournament at Goucher at 3:45 pm.

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