PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team scored the game's final seven points in the last minute and 26 seconds Saturday, registering a 59-57 come-from -behind Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State College in the regular season finale for both schools.
PSC led 57-52 on a Tony Martinez (Barnstead, NH) lay-up with 1:26 remaining, but UMD got a three-point basket by Ryan Cassidy (Framingham, Mass.) with 59 seconds left and a lay-up by Nick Cecelio (Centerville, Mass.) just five seconds later to tie the score. Cecelio added a pair of free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
UMD, which had already clinched the regular season LEC title, finishes up at 16-8 overall and 11-3 in the conference. The Corsairs will be the top seed in next week's LEC Tournament, and will host eighth seeded Rhode Island College Tuesday (Feb. 22) in North Dartmouth, Mass.
The Panthers, which had their season-best five-game winning streak stopped, wrap up the regular season with a 14-10 overall record under first-year coach John Scheinman, and a 7-7 LEC mark. PSC will be the sixth seed in the LEC Tournament, and will travel to Southern Maine Tuesday for a first-round game (time TBA).
Saturday's game was close the entire contest. There were 12 lead changes in the first half and six more in the second 20 minutes, along with seven tie scores. The largest lead for either team was five points, accomplished by the visitors in the first half and PSC in the second half.
Martinez led all players with 19 points and 11 rebounds for PSC. Freshman Dan Craig (Chelmsford, Mass.) was the only other Panther to score in double figures, adding 10 points.
The Corsairs were led by Cecelio, who scored 18 points and pulled down nine boards. Cassidy added 12 points to the UMD cause.
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