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PSC falls to UMD after rough second half

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth outscored Plymouth State College a whopping 62-27 in the second half Sunday and went on to defeat the Panthers in a Little East Conference men's basketball contest at Foley Gymnasium, 103-68.

Plymouth State overcame a sluggish start to the game, overcoming a 13-point first-half deficit (30-17) with seven minutes left to tie the game at 41-all at the half. But it was all UMass Dartmouth in the second half, as PSC shot 35 percent from the field after the break while the Corsairs connected on 54 percent.

Rebounding and turnovers also told the story, as UMD outrebounded PSC 57-33 and the Panthers committed 32 turnovers.

The verdict gives the Corsairs a 12-1 overall record and a 4-1 LEC mark, while the Panthers drop to .500 at 7-7 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

UMD was led by senior Marques Houtman (New Bedford, Mass.), who scored 21 points, hitting five three-point baskets. Senior Nick Cecilio (Centerville, Mass.) tallied 15 points while grabbing 17 rebounds, and senior Frank Barrows (Dartmouth, Mass.) and sophomore Brian Cagle (Norwich, Conn) added 13 points apiece.

The Panthers got 18 points from senior Tony Martinez (Barnstead, N.H.) and 14 from sophomore Kenny Stewart (Londonderry, N.H.). Junior Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.) added 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds, and freshman Frankie Finklea (Dorchester, Mass.) scored 10 points.

PSC is idle until next Saturday (Jan. 20) when they travel to Willimantic, Conn., for an LEC contest at Eastern Connecticut (3:00 p.m.). UMD returns to action Tuesday (Jan. 16) at Rhode Island College (7:30 p.m.).