FROSTBURG — Frostburg State collected its third-straight win on Wednesday with its third-straight last-second shot. Senior Daniel Alexander hit a step-back jumper with 3.3 seconds left in regulation to send the Bobcats to a 63-62 thrilling victory over visiting Urbana.
The Bobcats improve to 10-13 overall and 7-10 in the Mountain East Conference.
The Bobcats led by six, 61-55, with 1:29 remaining following an Alexander three-pointer. The Blue Knights (5-17, 4-12 MEC) then rallied to pull within one, 61-60 with 28 seconds left. Following a Frostburg turnover, Urbana’s Shaun Monroe hit a jumper with eight seconds left for the 62-61 lead.
However, Alexander’s game-winner came just seconds later.
The Bobcats started off the game hot on an 8-4 run against the Blue Knights to immediately take the lead. Alexander had six of the eight points. The Bobcats went on a second run early in the first half where three different players registered points to take the lead to 14-6. Later in the half, the Blue Knights outpaced the Bobcats on a 12-8 run ending the first half with the score tied at 26.
Early in the second half, Alexander registered another seven points over a five-minute span, putting the Bobcats up by one at 37-36. A dominating 10-1 run midway through the half left Alexander and sophomore Bo Schene with four points each adding to Frostburg’s cushion as its lead inflated to 10 at 47-37.
In a late surge, the Blue Knights closed the gap, bringing the score within four after two free throws from Drew Thomas and then a layup from Alexander at 4:40 making the score 56-52. In the last minutes of the game, the Bobcats and Blue Knights went on an even run, but with a few scoring shots from the Bobcats, they kept the lead as a three-pointer from Monroe put the score at 61-60.
Alexander led the Bobcats with 34 points, the fifth game this season where he has scored over 30 points. He added six rebounds and a steal. He was the only Bobcat in double figures.
Monroe led the Blue Knights with 17 points, while Lacy added 14.
Frostburg travels to Notre Dame (Ohio) on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tipoff.