PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.) scored 21 points and pulled down 14 rebounds Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium, leading Plymouth State College's men's basketball team to an 83-64 Little East Conference victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston.
The Panthers took a nine-point lead four minutes into the game and never looked back. It was a double-digit Panther margin midway through the first half and a 15-point margin at halftime (45-30). PSC's largest bulge was 30 points (80-50) before the Beacons knocked it back to 19 in the final minutes.
PSC won its fourth game in a row for the first time this season, improving to 13-9 overall and 6-6 in the LEC. UMD drops to 6-13 and 3-8.
Blackburn hit 8-of-9 field goal attempts, while reaching his career high in rebounds. He got help from teammate Tony Martinez (Barnstead, NH), who added 16 points and eight boards, and freshman Mark Dunham (Derry, NH), who scored 15 points, nine on a trio of three-point shots.
The Panthers outplayed the Beacons on both ends of the floor. PSC shot 53.4 percent while holding UMB to a 34.2 percent shooting performance, and the Panthers owned the rebounding margin, 53-30.
The Beacons had three players score in double figures - sophomore Freddy Conyers (Pittsfield, Mass.) with 13, freshman Paul Kemp (Cambridge, Mass.) with 12, and senior Jack Lambert (East Point, GA) off the bench with 11.
PSC, which is still fighting for a home-court advantage in the first round of the LEC Tournament, plays two conference games next week to wrap up the regular season --- Tuesday (Feb. 15) at Southern Maine (7:30 p.m.), and Saturday (Feb. 19) in the home finale against UMass Dartmouth (3 p.m.).
UMB wraps up the regular season Tuesday at home against UMass Dartmouth (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday at Keene State (3 p.m.).
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