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ONE OF THE TOP MOMENTS OF THE YEAR FOR FSU ATHLETICS

Top 10: No. 8 - Menís Basketball Upsets No. 11 Salisbury


Knocking off a rival in any sport, at any time is exciting and special enough. However, the Bobcat men's basketball team clipped 11th-ranked and in-state rival Salisbury at Bobcat Arena on Senior Day in overtime in front of a packed house. That moment checks in at No. 8 in the countdown of the most exciting moments of the 2016-17 athletic year.

The victory capped Frostburg's season in stellar fashion as it rallied from a 24-point second half deficit.

The Bobcats finished the day 31-of-66 (47%) from the field and 5-of-14 (35.7%) from beyond the arc. Salisbury finished the day 26-of-63 (41.3%) from the field and 5-of-17 (29.4%) from three-point range.

After a slow start offensively, the Bobcats outscored the Sea Gulls 66-44 in the second half and overtime. Frostburg shot a blistering 63% from the field in the second half and 71.4% in overtime.

Junior Tyler Michael finished with 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He added three assists and two rebounds in 43 minutes of action. Sophomore Edwin Cole notched a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds in 30 minutes.

Freshmen Daniel Alexander and Lawrence Pettis, Jr. also finished in double figures with 14 and 10 points respectively. Pettis, Jr. dished out a game-high seven assists and Alexander was the Bobcats second-leading rebounder with five.

Salisbury started the game on a 7-0 run and maintained the lead for the entire first half. The Bobcats went into the half trailing 36-20.

Senior Jake Wiegand started the second half with a three, followed by two layups from Cole and a layup from Alexander to make the score 42-29 SU with 17:44 left in the half.

Frostburg used a 15-0 run to trim the Sea Gulls lead to seven with 2:39 remaining. Cole and Michael each scored six points, and Pettis, Jr. drilled a three in the offensive outburst to help the Bobcats climb back to within single digits.

The Bobcats used some clutch shooting near the end of regulation, with foul shots from Pettis, Jr. and Cole.

Pettis, Jr. stole the ball and drove in for the layup to tie the game at 69 with 12 seconds remaining.

In overtime, the Bobcats scored the first seven points. Junior Dalton Gaus hit a three and Alexander converted two jumpers to put the Bobcats up 76-69. Gaus made another three with 2:41 remaining to give the Bobcats an eight-point lead.

Michael made four foul shots down the stretch to seal the six-point victory.

 


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