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Men's Basketball Falls to No. 19 Widener in Championship FSU Tip-Off Invitational

FROSTBURG, MD — Tim Whalen scored a game-high 21 points and tournament Most Valuable Player Mike Siuchta added 19 points and nine rebounds as No. 19 Widener held off a late Frostburg State charge for an 81-71 win in the championship game of the Frostburg State Tip-Off Invitational Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Arena.

The Pioneers (2-0) led by as many as 17 points, 63-46, with 9:31 remaining after a pair of Siuchta free throws and continued to keep the Bobcats at bay.

Down 71-56 with 5:28 left, the Bobcats mounted a furious comeback attempt, capping an 11-1 run with eight straight points moments later to cut their deficit to five, 72-67, with just under three minutes remaining.

Sophomore Ryan Grabill (Hagerstown, Md./Williamsport) sank three free throws near the front end of the spurt to cut Widener's lead to 10, and senior Sean Brown (Baltimore, Md./North County) stole the ball and fed senior Reynolds Mason (Norristown, Pa./Norristown) for a dunk to make it a 74-62 game.

Brown followed with another steal and calmly drained a three-pointer from the right wing to bring the Bobcats to within five points at the 2:43 mark.

However, Whalen scored five of his squad's final nine points, and the Pioneers sealed the game with 7-for-7 shooting from the foul line in the closing moments.

Frostburg State (1-1) came out hot to begin the game, breaking free of an early 4-4 tie with a 12-4 run. The Bobcat lead ballooned to as many as nine, 27-18, with 7:52 left in the first half, before Widener stormed in front behind a 17-4 spurt. The Pioneers held a slight 37-36 edge at halftime.

Mason, who led the Bobcats with 18 points, was named to the All-Tournament team, as were Marietta senior Jesse DuPerow and Waynesburg junior Aaron Ankrom. In the consolation game, DuPerow sank a pair of free throws with 27 seconds left to give Marietta a 76-74 win over Waynesburg.

The Bobcats return to action on Monday, November 26 when they visit Chowan (N.C.) College for a 7:30 p.m. contest.

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