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Men's Basketball Falls to Villa Julie 64-58 in Provident Bank Pride of Maryland Tournament

TOWSON, Md. — Steven Seagers scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to pace Villa Julie to a 64-58 victory over Frostburg State in the seventh-place game of the 2006 Provident Bank Pride of Maryland Division III Scholarship Basketball Tournament Sunday afternoon.

The game proved to be a tale of two halves. VJC (2-2) opened a big 41-22 lead in the opening period and had to hang on in the second half as FSU outscored them 36-23.

The Bobcats, who trailed by 25 points with just under 18 minutes remaining in the contest, fought their way back to a three-point deficit with 43 seconds to play but were unable to finish the comeback as the Mustangs made three late free throws to seal the win.

Junior Keith Hazel (Weirton, W.Va./Weir) led FSU (0-3) in scoring with 14 points while senior Dale DeBerry (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist) scored 10.

Kerry Dugan was the only other VJC player in double figures with 11 points. VJC, who was outshot and out rebounded by Frostburg State, had an outstanding effort from the free throw line. VJC was 25-of-33 (75.8%) including a 17-of-24 display in the second half.

Hazel opened the games scoring and gave FSU its only lead of the contest with a jumper at 19:33. A minute and half later, Dugan tied the game with a pair of free throws. Over the next eight minutes, Villa Julie would surge ahead with a 20-7 run for a 22-9 lead with 9:42 left in the period.

Frostburg State would cut the Villa Julie lead to 24-17 at 4:38, but the Mustangs would use the rest of the half to open a 19-point lead, 41-22, as the game headed into intermission.

VJC scored six-straight points to open the second half and took it largest lead of the game, 47-22, with 17:57 to play.

Frostburg State would use the rest of the half to slowly chip away at the deficit. Senior Jade Belt (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) made a layup at 11:37 to cut the Mustang to 19 points.

Seven minutes later, Hazel made back-to-back free throws to further narrow the Villa Julie lead to 57-48. It was the first time VJC hadn’t led by double digits since three minutes to go in the first half.

With the Mustangs up 59-50 at 3:31, the Bobcats made three-straight baskets to make the score 59-56 at 1:18. After a a pair of Villa Julie free throws, junior Jermaine Kapombe (Washington, D.C./Friendly) made a layup with 43 seconds showing to again narrow the deficit to three points, 61-58. However, VJC made three late foul shots to seal the win at 64-58.

FSU returns to action on Wednesday, November 29 when it hosts Pitt-Greensburg at Bobcat Arena at 8:00 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