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January 8, 2002

Panthers come back to down UMass Boston

(Courtesy UMB Sports Information)

BOSTON, Mass. - The Plymouth State College men's basketball team overcame a seven-point halftime deficit and out-scored University of Massachusetts Boston, 44-22, in the second half to come away with a 76-61 win in a Little East Conference contest Tuesday evening at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston.

The Beacons fall to 4-8 overall and 1-3 in the LEC, while the Panthers improve to 7-4 and 2-2.

UMass Boston increased its halftime advantage to 44-33, following a lay-up and a free throw by sophomore guard Lester Robinson (Roxbury, MA) with 19:14 to play in the game, but PSC exploded for a 21-9 run to give the team its first lead (54-53 at 11:22 of the second session) since 17:39 of the first half. Sophomore Ryan Chicoine (Gorham, Maine) sparked the rally with 10 of his 17 points during the run. The Beacons would never regain the lead as the Panthers kept the pressure on and expanded their lead to 74-58, with 2:17 remaining to play in the contest, with a 20-5 burst.

Freshman center Billy Allen (Boston, MA) led UMass Boston with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, while classmate Jurvon Wallace (Lynn, MA) dropped in eight points and grabbed eight rebounds. Freshman guard Roger Perry (Boston, MA) also contributed with nine points and four rebounds for the Beacons.

Chicoine was 7-of-10 from the floor for PSC and also came up with three rebounds. Senior Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.) led the Panthers with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, hitting on 8-of-13 from the field. Freshman Nick Pelotte Bingham, Maine) netted 11 points and also made three steals and passed for three assists for Plymouth State.

For Panthers' head coach John Scheinman, it was career win number 100. The PSC mentor is now 100-65 in seven seasons, with coaching stints at St. Joseph's (Maine), New England College and Plymouth State College.

PSC continues a five-game road swing Thursday with a non-conference encounter at Bowdoin (5:30 p.m.).

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