PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Andy Kirk (Dalton, Mass.) scored a game-high 31 points Thursday evening, leading hot-shooting Endicott College to an 87-75 victory over Plymouth State College in non-conference men's basketball at Foley Gymnasium.
Kirk drained 11 of 14 field goal attempts, including 8-of-10 from three-point range, to pace the Power Gull attack. The entire Endicott team shot well all evening, connecting on 50 percent from the field (31-of-62), including 55 percent from beyond the arc (11-of-20). Senior Eric Simonelli (Duxbury, Mass.) converted 7-of-13 shots to finish with 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
The win improved Endicott to 5-4, while the Panthers complete the semester at 4-4.
Plymouth State was led by four players who scored in double figures. Sophomore Kenny Stewart (Londonderry, N.H.) scored 21 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds to spearhead the Panther attack. Senior forward Tony Martinez (Barnstead, N.H.) added 19 points, sophomore guard Dan Craig (Chelmsford, Mass.) contributed 17, and junior center Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.) chipped in with 12.
The Power Gulls led nearly the entire game. Trailing 8-7 early, Endicott went on a 22-4 run over the next seven minutes to gain a 17-point lead at 29-12. The Power Gulls led by 24 points (47-23) late in the first half before PSC cut its deficit to 20 points at the break, 49-29.
Plymouth State scored the first seven points of the second half, cutting Endicott's lead to 13 points with 18 minutes to play. The Power Gulls responded with a 14-6 run that put the lead back over 20 points (63-42) and PSC never challenged the rest of the way.
Junior Jamal Francis (Dorchester, Mass.) added 12 points and seven assists for Endicott, and junior Jason Diaz (Hartford, Conn.) came off the bench for 11 points.
After a break for final exams and the holidays, PSC returns to action in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 29-30 at the d3hoops.com Classic, hosted by Catholic University.