PLYMOUTH, NH - Senior Corey Zimmerman (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) hit a conventional three-point play with five seconds to go in overtime, helping the University of Southern Maine escape with an 81-80 Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State College in men's basketball Thursday evening at Foley Gymnasium.
PSC freshman Dan Craig (Chelmsford, Mass.) had a potential game-winning lay-up at the buzzer blocked by Mike Fennessy (Lewiston, Maine), preserving the victory for the Huskies.
The Panthers came from five points down in the final 30 seconds of regulation to force overtime. Trailing 72-67, PSC junior Tony Martinez (Barnstead, NH) hit a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left, then rebounded a missed Dan Craig free throw and converted a conventional three point play with 11 seconds left to tie the game at 72-all at the end of regulation.
PSC battled from a six-point deficit (78-72) with two minutes left in OT. Sophomore Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.) drained a pair of free throws and Craig nailed a three-pointer field goal and a running jumper to give PSC a 79-78 lead with 0:44 left to play. Craig made one of two free throw attempts with 26 seconds left, setting up Zimmerman's heroics.
Martinez led PSC with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while four other Panthers scored in double figures - JaModi Robinson (Framingham, Mass) with a season-high 18 points, Blackburn and Craig with 11 each, and Kenny Stewart (Londonderry, NH) with 10.
The Huskies were led by Jason St. Pierre (Bangor, Maine), who scored 20 points, and Zimmerman, who finished with 19. Fennessy added 17 points and Geoff Grigsby (Bridgton, Maine) contributed 11.
The loss, PSC's fifth in a row, drops the Panthers to 9-8 overall and 3-5 in the LEC, while Southern Maine improves to 8-8 overall and 5-3. PSC will try to stop its losing skid Saturday (Jan. 29) at home against LEC foe Western Connecticut (3 p.m.).
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