WASHINGTON, D.C. - Plymouth State College rallied from a 64-60 deficit Saturday after senior forward and leading scorer Tony Martinez (Barnstead, N.H.) fouled out with eight minutes remaining to defeat Roger Williams University, 78-70, in the consolation game of inaugural D3hoops.com Classic Saturday at Catholic University's DuFour Center.
Martinez, who finished with 24 points, was 10 of 14 from the floor and was selected to the All-Tournament Team. Sophomore guard Kenny Stewart (Londonderry, N.H.) added 18 points, eight of them after Martinez left the game.
Trailing by four, PSC got baskets from Stewart and freshman center Ryan Chicoine (Gorham, Maine) to tie the game, and freshman forward Frankie Finklea (Dorchester, Mass.) hit a three-pointer with 5:51 remaining to give the Panthers the lead for good.
Roger Williams (5-4) jumped out to a 43-38 lead at the half and extended it to 46-38 before turnovers and foul trouble helped the Panthers (5-5) get back into the game. Junior forward Jason Wiggins, who had 16 points in the first half, finished with 20 to lead Roger Williams. Plymouth State shot 3-for-12 from the foul line in the first half but went 14-for-24 in the second half.
Roger Williams got 19 points from senior forward Michael Lynch and 14 from senior guard Andrew Provost. PSC senior forward Warren Ostler (Morrisville, VT) and Finklea tied for a game-high 11 rebounds.
Catholic University(7-2), ranked No. 10 in Division III, got double figures from four players to defeat Hobart College 82-57 in the championship game.
Plymouth State was defeated in the opening game of the tournament Friday evening by Hobart, 98-80. Sophomore forward Davidek Herron scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half, as Hobart (3-2) opened the second period on a 16-4 run to put the Panthers away. Hobart also scored the final five points of the first half. Sophomore center Joe Corbett led all scorers with 21 points, while junior guard Brian Schiele added 18 and junior guard Michael Gambino 17. Hobart shot 56.9 percent (33-for-58) from the floor and 46.7 percent from three-point range (7-for-15).
Plymouth State was led by Martinez's 18 points, and 17 apiece from Finklea and Stewart.
D3hoops.com Classic All-Tournament Team
MVP - Matt Hilleary, Catholic
Joe Corbett, Hobart
Davidek Herron, Hobart
Michael Lynch, Roger Williams
Tony Martinez, Plymouth State
Will Morley, Catholic