PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Johnson & Wales University and Plymouth State College men's basketball teams battled through 11 lead changes and six ties in the final 11:20 Saturday before lay-ups by senior Devin Lowery (Atlanta, Ga.) and sophomore Chris Anderson (Wertzville, Mo.) gave the Wildcats a 71-65 upset victory over the Panthers.
Senior Mamadou Gueye (Dakar, Senegal) scored 20 points, took down 13 rebounds, blocked eight shots, and hit the final free throws with 12 seconds left as the Wildcats improved to 5-7 on the season. PSC, which had won five of the previous six, completes the unofficial first half of the season at 6-3.
Plymouth State, trailing throughout the first half, grabbed a 36-34 lead at intermission with a late 8-2 run. But the Wildcats never wilted, and battled with the Panthers through a total of 16 lead changes and nine ties over the entire second half. JWU tied the game at 65-65 with 2:42 to go, and held PSC scoreless the rest of the way to pull out the victory.
Junior Justin Bryant (Queens, N.Y.) and sophomore Ed Rezendes (Pawtucket, R.I.) each scored 14 points for Johnson & Wales.
The Panthers got 12 points apiece from freshman Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) and junior Kenny Stewart (Londonderry, N.H.) and 10 points each from sophomore Mike Loughlin (Manchester, N.H.) and junior Donnelle Combs (Mitchellville, Md.).
After a three-week break for final exams and the holidays, PSC returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, with a tough Little East Conference home game against Western Connecticut (3:00 p.m.). The PSC doubleheader is "Coaches vs. Cancer" Day at Foley Gymnasium, with proceeds from the men's and women's games going to the fight against cancer.
(Courtesy JWU Sports Information)