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Men's Basketball Loses to St. Mary’s (Md), 84-68, in Provident Bank Pride of Maryland Tournament

TOWSON, Md. — Despite a game-high 25 points from senior Dale DeBerry (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist), Frostburg State fell to St. Mary’s (Md.) 84-68 in the 2006 Provident Bank Pride of Maryland Division III Scholarship Basketball Tournament Saturday afternoon in Towson, Md.

FSU slips to 0-2 on the season while SMC evens its record at 1-1 and awaits the winner of Hood/Villa Julie in the consolation quarterfinals.

Junior Keith Hazel (Weirton, W.Va./Weir) was second on the Bobcats with 21 points including 5-of-6 from three-point range. Senior Jade Belt (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall), junior Juan Wansley (Odenton, Md./Arundel) and freshman Ben Tubman (Gaithersburg, Md./Watkins Mill) contributed four points for FSU.

The Seahawks had three players score in double figures. Alex Irmer and Tyson Lesesne each netted 20 points while Dan Englestad chipped in 19.

The game featured a high shooting percentage from both squads, FSU was 29-of-63 from the floor (46.0%) while SMC was 32-of-56 (57.1%). However, the Seahawks were 13-of-19 (68.4%) from the charity stripe while the Bobcats were just 3-of-11 (27.3%).

Both teams grabbed 34 total rebounds but the Bobcats held the edge on the offensive end, 12-7.

FSU led just twice in the contest both in the opening half. Wansley made a layup at 14:09 to give Frostburg State an 11-10 lead and Hazel drilled a three-pointer at 11:11 to give the Bobcats an 18-17 edge.

After the Hazel three, St. Mary’s went on a 19-3 run over the next six minutes to control the opening half. Lesesne hit a three pointer with 1:06 to play in the first period to give the Seahawks a 21-point cushion, 47-26, their largest lead of the period.

FSU freshman Anthony Guy (Washington, D.C./Good Counsel) answered with a three pointer of his own to close out the first half scoring and send the teams into the locker rooms with SMC ahead, 47-29.

The second half proved to be in favor of St. Mary’s, as it kept its lead above 15 points for a majority of the time. FSU narrowed the deficit to 13, 64-51, with 8:34 to play in the game but SMC scored seven-straight points over the next three minutes to extend its lead back to 20, 71-51.

With the Seahawk lead at 21, 81-60 with 1:46 to play, Hazel hit a three and connected on a jumper and junior Brian Greene (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) made a late free throw to help cut the score to 84-68 as the game came to a close.

FSU returns to action tomorrow at noon when it plays Villa Julie in the seventh-place game.

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