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Western Conn. drops PSC to .500 mark

DANBURY, Conn. - Junior Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.) and sophomore Dan Craig (Chelmsford, Mass.) scored 20 points apiece Saturday, but Plymouth State College came out on the short end of an 87-69 Little East Conference men's basketball game at Western Connecticut.

The victory improved the hosts to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the LEC, while PSC dropped to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

The Colonials went on a 12-2 run to close the first half with a 10-point lead at 40-30. Plymouth State cut the lead to five points (48-43) five minutes into the second half, but WCSU extended its lead to 12 with 9:59 remaining and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

WCSU's Everton Stewart (22 points) led five Colonials who scored in double figures. Casey Bock contributed 17 points, Eric Miles added 11, and Mark Carter and Rob Benedetto were good for 10 points apiece.

In addition to the 20 points from Blackburn and Craig, sophomore Kenny Stewart (Londonderry, N.H.) was the only other Panther to hit double figures, contributing 10 points. Senior Tony Martinez (Barnstead, N.H.) played only 18 minutes before sitting out the second half with an injury. He finished the game with five points, ending his streak of consecutive games with at least 10 points at 33 games, dating back to the 1998-99 season.

PSC plays a pair of non-conference games this week before breaking for final exams and the holidays. The Panthers travel to Bridgewater State Tuesday before hosting Endicott College Thursday (Dec. 14) at Foley Gymnasium (7:30 p.m.)