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Panthers edge Colby-Sawyer in OT

CONCORD, N.H. - Senior Warren Ostler (Morrisville, Vt.) hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of regulation Tuesday night, and Plymouth State College went on to pull out a 97-92 victory over Colby-Sawyer College.

The contest was the opening game of the Division III Granite State Challenge, hosted at New Hampshire Technical Institute. Keene State defeated New England College in the nightcap, 120-82.

The Panthers trailed most of the game, including by 19 points in the second half. But PSC put on a second-half comeback, led by senior Tony Martinez (Barnstead, N.H.), forcing overtime and eking out the triumph.

Martinez led all players with 36 points and 15 rebounds. He connected on 15 of 23 field goal attempts, including 3-of-4 from three-point range. Junior Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.) added 16 points and seven boards, and sophomore Kenny Stewart (Londonderry, N.H.) chipped in with 15 points.

Plymouth State had to play catch-up all night, as Colby-Sawyer jumped out to a 13-0 lead. The Chargers maintained a 40-35 lead at the half, and extended it to 19 points (61-42) with 13:31 remaining. The Panthers never gave up, though, battling back to send the game to overtime, tied at 83-all.

PSC scored seven of the first nine points of the extra session, and never looked back.

Calen Paquette and Bill Gallagher paced Colby-Sawyer with 22 points apiece. Chris Gray added 17 and Ethan Betts finished with 16.

The Panthers, 3-2 overall, return to action Saturday (Dec. 9) with a key Little East Conference encounter at Western Connecticut (3:00 p.m.)