WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior guard Adam DeChristopher (Brockton, MA), held to just four points over the first 36 minutes, scored nine points in the final four minutes as the Plymouth State College men's basketball team rallied for a 60-57 Little East Conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday.
Plymouth State (9-4, 3-2), which shared last year's regular-season title, trailed by six points, 53-47 with four minutes left but outscored ECSU (7-7, 2-3) 13-4 the rest of the way to snap a two-game losing streak.
Last year's conference Player-of-the-Year, DeChristopher was limited to just four points until the final four minutes, when he netted five points on a pair of field goals four poits on free throws. With ECSU in possession of the ball and trailing by one, DeChristopher stole the ball with six seconds left and hit a pair of free throws to ice the win.
Junior forward Shannon Gallagher (Plymouth, NH) had given the Panthers the lead for good 58-57 when he hit a bucket with 28 seconds left on an assist from senior center Jamal Pettiford-Jones (Portsmouth, NH).
Plymouth State had led by as many as 12 points, 35-23 late in the first half and by nine 39-30 three minutes into the second half before ECSU rallied. Holding Plymouth scoreless from the field for 11 minutes, the Warriors went on a 15-4 run, taking a two-point 45-43 lead with 7:30 left.
DeChristopher led PSC with 14 points, senior forward Eric McQueen (Lawrence, MA) adding 13 and Gallgher 10. Pettiford-Jones shared game-high rebounding honors with 11.
The Panthers play a conference game Tuesday (Jan. 19) at Southern Maine (7:30 p.m.), a non-conference road game Thursday (Jan. 21) at Norwich (7:00), and return home to Foley Gymnasium Saturday (Jan. 23) to host LEC foe Western Connecticut (3:00 p.m.).
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