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Men's Basketball Downs Penn State Altoona Behind Vaughn's Career Night

FROSTBURG, MD — Sophomore Chris Vaughn (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) came off the bench and scored 11 of his career-high 16 points in a key second-half spurt to help lead Frostburg State to a 63-49 win over visiting Penn State Altoona Wednesday night at Bobcat Arena.

The Bobcats won their season-high third straight game to improve to 6-8 overall and 2-2 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. The Lions, under the direction of former NBA veteran Armon Gilliam, fell to 0-15 overall and 0-4 in the league.

"After nine straight road games, this three-game homestand has been good for us," said FSU head coach Webb Hatch. "We're still banged up with three players — Kamillo Rosenthal, J.T. Murphy and Robert Jones — questionable, but we got a great effort from our bench tonight."

FSU held a slight 38-36 lead over the pesky Lions nearing the midway point of the second half before Vaughn scored 11 points in a 13-0 run that gave the Bobcats some much-needed breathing room.

Vaughn started the outburst with a lay-up and three-pointer, and following a basket by freshman T.J. Dorsey (Round Hill, Va./Loudoun Valley), he drilled three straight shots from behind the arc, the last giving FSU a 54-40 advantage.

Penn State Altoona got no closer than 10 the rest of the way as the Bobcats cruised to the win.

Both teams struggled to find the net in the opening moments of the game, and the young Lions, featuring nine freshmen on their 12-man roster, held a 14-10 advantage at the midway point of the first half.

Penn State Altoona increased its lead to nine, 19-10, before the Bobcats went on a 7-0 run to close to within a basket.

The teams went into the lockerroom tied at 26.

Senior Pierre Bowery (Kensington, Md./Albert Einstein) finished with 13 and four rebounds, while junior Ryan Grabill (Boonsboro, Md./Williamsport) added nine points, six rebounds and three assists.

Brandon Battles led Penn State Altoona with 18 points and added eight rebounds and three blocks, while Mark Librizzi finished with 14 points and 17 rebounds. Eight other Lions combined for just 17 points.

Frostburg State returns to action on Saturday when it visits AMCC rival Pitt-Bradford for a 4:00 pm contest.

The Bobcats and Panthers have met in the conference championship game each of the last two seasons. FSU won the 2001 title, 77-73, while UPB claimed last year's crown, 102-99 in overtime.

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