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December 22, 1998

PSC Men's Basketball to host Panther Holiday Classic

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Area college basketball fans will have a chance to catch some Holiday Hoops on Dec. 29-30, when Plymouth State College's men's team hosts the McDonald's-Susse Chalet-Palmison Graphics Panther Holiday Classic at Foley Gymnasium.

The tournament gets underway Tuesday (Dec. 29) at Foley Gym when Goucher College of Baltimore takes on Elmira College of New York at 6:00 p.m. Plymouth State will meet in-state opponent New England College in Tuesday's second game at 8:00 p.m. The tournament consolation game is slated for Wednesday (Dec. 30) at 6:00 p.m., followed by the title game at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets, which are available at the door, are priced at $4 for adults and $2 for students. A special deal is available for local youth teams attending --- all teams and coaching staffs arriving together will be admitted for $5 for the entire group.

This will be just the second opportunity for PSC to play in front of its home fans. The Panthers thumped Rivier College 103-64 in its only other home game earlier this month. Overall, PSC has won five of its first six games and split its two Little East Conference encounters under first-year head coach Jim Ferry.

The Panthers are led by senior guard Adam DeChristopher (Brockton, MA), a pre-season All-America (by The Sporting News) who is averaging more than 20 points a game. PSC is ranked among the top 10 teams in the first NCAA Northeast Region poll.

New England College will bring a 5-3 overall record into the tourney. The Pilgrims are playing in their third tournament of the season, having already participated in the Wheaton Tourney in November and the Granite State Tourney on Dec. 9-10. NEC lost in the title game of both events.

Goucher, a member of the Capital Athletic Conference, brings a 7-2 overall record to Plymouth. The Gophers, who started their program in 1990-91, finished 20-7 overall last season and made NCAA Tournament appearances in 1995 and 1997.

Elmira, an Empire Athletic Association school, has won just one of its first six games this season. The Soaring Eagles have four starters and 11 letterwinners back from last year's team, which finished 10-15 overall.

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