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Second-Half Run Lifts Pitt-Greensburg Past Men's Basketball

GREENSBURG, PA — Pitt-Greensburg took control of a tight game with an 11-0 second-half run and held off a late rally by visiting Frostburg State to claim a 65-60 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference victory Wednesday night at Chambers Hall Gym.

Pitt-Greensburg won its fifth straight game to improve to 12-11 overall and 6-4 in the AMCC, while Frostburg State dropped its third league game in a row and fell to 11-11 overall and 4-5 in conference action.

FSU held a slight 48-47 lead with 8:14 to play, but senior Scott Winfrey sparked the big UPG run with back-to-back three-pointers.

Conlon added a layup and sophomore Clint Mullen hit three free throws to give the hosts a 58-48 advantage with 2:55 left.

FSU, which missed six shots and committed three turnovers in that stretch, pulled to within three, 63-60, with 21 seconds remaining on a layup by senior DeNelle Hale (Baltimore, Md./Dunbar).

However, FSU couldn't connect on its final four attempts, and Winfrey hit two free throws with nine seconds to go to seal the win.

The teams battled through a tight first half that featured seven lead changes and two ties.

FSU opened an early 4-1 lead but neither squad could find the basket for the next four minutes. UPG then went on a 7-2 run to move ahead before the lead went back and forth.

Senior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport) and sophomore Dan Ryley (Frederick, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall) hit consecutive baskets to give FSU a 12-11 edge before Conlon and FSU freshman Andy Omps (Berkeley Springs, W.Va./Berkeley Springs) traded three-pointers.

Conlon's third three-pointer of the opening half gave UPG a 26-21 lead with 3:07 left, and two free throws by senior Myro Small (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) pulled FSU to within 29-27 at the break.

More close play marked the beginning of the second half, as the game was tied five times in the first six minutes.

FSU took a 41-38 lead on a three-pointer by junior Neil Campbell (Limerick, Ireland /Ard Scoil Ris) at the 13:14 mark, but Conlon made two layups to give UPG the lead once again.

Junior Chris Vaughn (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) hit a three-pointer and sophomore Jimmy Ward (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) added a jumper to put FSU in front 46-44 before Winfrey hit three straight three-pointers to fuel UPG's outburst.

Ward led FSU with 14 points and six rebounds, while Ryley finished with 13 points, five boards and two blocks. Grabill added 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Winfrey and Mullen finished with 16 and 10 points, respectively, for UPG.

Frostburg State will visit Pitt-Bradford in a key AMCC contest Saturday at 4 pm. The two teams are among five squads still looking to clinch a first-round home game in the AMCC Tournament.

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