PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College's men's basketball ball team scored 16 unanswered points midway through the second half Saturday and went on to an 84-74 Little East Conference victory over UMass Boston at Foley Gymnasium.
The Panthers placed four players in double figures to offset a terrific performance by Beacons center Sean Harrington (Medfield, MA). The conference's leading scorer and rebounder, Harrington connected on 14 of 25 shots to finish with a game-high 32 points, along with 15 rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Senior Adam DeChristopher (Brockton, MA) paced the Panthers with 17 points. Classmate Eric McQueen (Lawrence, MA) added 14 points, and now needs 17 more to become the 15th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Senior Todd Steffanides (Fitchburg, MA) added 11 points, and sophomore Ryan Bishop (Cohasset, MA) came off the bench to match his career highs with 11 points and seven boards.
The Panthers also had to withstand a strong comeback by the Beacons. After PSC had turned a 51-48 lead into a 67-48 advantage with 9:44 remaining, UMB scored 10 straight from the 4:20 mark to the 1:52 mark, cutting PSC's lead to seven (79-72), but the Panthers held on for the win.
Sophomore Jack Lambert (East Point, GA) was the only other Beacon besides Harrington to score in double figures, adding 10 points.
With the win, Plymouth State advances to 15-6 overall and 9-3 in the Little East. UMB drops to 8-13 overall and 2-10 in the conference. PSC trails Keene State by just one game in the LEC standings after the Owls dropped a last-second decision to Western Connecticut Saturday, dropping to 10-2 in conference games.
The Panthers travel to Keene Wednesday (Feb. 17) for a showdown with the Owls (7:30 p.m.) in what should decide the conference regular season championship. Then following Thursday's make-up game at Castleton State (7:30 p.m.), PSC concludes the regular season with Senior Day at Foley Gymnasium Saturday against Eastern Connecticut (4:00 p.m., WMUR-TV).
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