PLYMOUTH, NH - Plymouth State College's men's basketball team dropped its sixth straight contest Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium, falling 67-63 to Western Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference match-up.
Sophomore Leonard Rinas (Bristol, Conn.) scored 23 points to lead the Colonials, connecting on 8-of-11 field goal attempts. Freshman Mark Carter (Peekskill, NY) was the only other Western player in double figures with 11 points.
Plymouth State was led by junior Tony Martinez (Barnstead, NH), who had 21 points and nine rebounds. He has been PSC's leading scorer in 15 of 18 games this season. Freshman Dan Craig (Chelmsford, Mass.) scored 11 points, and sophomore Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.) added eight points and 10 rebounds.
Western Conn. led by seven points at the half, and extended its lead to nine points before PSC made a comeback with an 11-2 run early in the second half. PSC took a 57-56 lead with 2:48 to play, but WCSU outscored a smaller PSC squad 11-6 down the stretch to pull out the win. Sophomore Kevin Matthews (Ossining, NY) scored six points in the final two minutes, and Rinas and Carter each made a pair of free throws.
PSC, 9-9 overall and 3-6 in the LEC, tries to stop its losing streak Monday (Jan. 31) in a non-conference game at Foley Gymnasium against Castleton State (7 p.m.). Western Conn., 13-6 overall and 5-4 in the LEC, returns to action next Saturday (Feb. 5) at UMass Boston (3 p.m.).
-- 30 --