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State: St. Mary's women upset D-II Wash. Adventist in 3 OTs, 87-82

Pruden scores 23 in victory; Frostburg men fall in early hole, lose big at Bethany, 96-55

From Sun staff reports

12:19 AM EST, December 12, 2012

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Sophie Pruden scored a career-high 23 points to lead the visiting St.Mary's women's basketball team to an 87-82 triple-overtime win over Division II Washington Adventist on Tuesday night.

Pruden shot 10-for-19 from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked a career-best three shots.  The Seahawks (5-3) outscored the Shock 10-5 in the third five-minute overtime period to seal the win and end their three-game skid.

Aura Payne (Severn) made the first of two free throws to keep it at a two-possession game with 24 seconds left in the third overtime.  Washington Adventist took two shot attempts in the final 15 seconds but both were off the mark. St. Mary's was able to corral the defensive boards to preserve the win.

The Shock's Vanessa Rice finished with a game-high 33 points and forced the first two overtimes.

Rice made a 3-pointer with five seconds left in regulation; with 23 seconds left in the first overtime, she went 1-for-2 from the line to force a second overtime.

Joanna Murray (Franklin) had 18 points with a career-high eight assists.  Pui Sham was the third Seahawk to score in double digits, posting 15 points and a season-best five rebounds.

The Shock (1-10) dominated the first 16 minutes of the game and led 35-14 at 4:29.

St. Mary's (5-3) closed out the first half on a 16-2 tear to cut the 21-point deficit to a 37-30 at halftime.  Rice led all scorers with 14 points, while Briana McClain had 13.  Sham and Jasmine Smith (Old Mill) led the Seahawks with six points each at the break.

Frostburg State 83, Penn State-Harrisburg 71: The visiting Bobcats (3-5) broke a four-game losing streak, beating the Nittany Lions (5-2).

Men

Bethany (W.Va.) 96, Frostburg State 55: The visiting Bobcats (3-7) struggled, falling behind 17-3 10 minutes into the game. Frostburg cut the lead to 12 several times but trailed 36-23 at the half.

The Bison (8-1) proved too strong and pulled away in the second half. The Bobcats got within 15 points five minutes into the second half, but a 12-0 run put the Bison ahead 57-30 at 12:37.

The Bison lead hit 75-45 with 5:58 showing, and the hosts hit a 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining for the game's final basket.

Royce Hunsberger led the Bobcats with 14 points off the bench, including a team best three 3-pointers. Christian Jackson finished with 12 points and four assists.

Bethany had six players in double figures, including four starters. Brady Pacific led the Bison with 19 points.