BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - Plymouth State College shot 53 percent Tuesday evening en route to an 83-62 non-conference men's basketball victory at Bridgewater State College.
The win pushes PSC back over the .500 mark to 4-3 overall, while the Bears drop to 1-5.
Senior Tony Martinez (Barnstead, N.H.), rebounding from an ankle injury sustained in his last outing, came off the bench to score a game-high 23 points, hitting 10 of 21 field goal attempts. Sophomore guard Kenny Stewart (Londonderry, N.H.) added 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds, and junior Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.) chipped in with 11 points.
Junior Harry Grabert led the Bears with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Derek Savas and Joe Motto each added 12 points.
The Panthers led 46-28 at halftime, shooting 50 percent from the field (17-of-34) in the opening 20 minutes while Bridgewater State was good on only 30 percent from the field (9-of-30) and 50 percent (9-of-18) from the free throw line. The Bears went on a run early in the second half, cutting PSC's lead to seven points, but PSC, led by the inside play of Martinez, pulled away the rest of the way.
PSC plays one more game before taking a break for final exams and the holidays. The Panthers will host Endicott College at Foley Gymnasium on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m.