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Panthers can't stop red-hot Keene State

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior forward David Stantial (Beverly, Mass.) hit seven-of-11 three point baskets Tuesday night, including 6-of-9 in the second half, leading Keene State College to a 90-77 Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State College in men's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.

The outcome marked Keene State's 10th consecutive victory, improving the Owls to 14-1 overall and 8-0 in conference play. The Panthers dropped the opener of a four-game homestand, falling to 9-7 and 4-4.

Plymouth State led by three at the half (34-31), and held an 11-point advantage (48-37) with 14:41 left in the second half before the Owls battled back. Stantial got hot after the break, scoring 26 of his game-high 31 points and hitting six of his nine three-point shots. Keene State regained the lead, 58-56, with 8:27 on the clock, and built its lead to 11 (79-68) with 2:39 to play before cruising home the rest of the way.

Junior guard Derek Swenson (Attleboro, Mass.) added 19 points for the Owls, hitting seven of his 10 field goal tries, and sophomore guard Chris Timson (Beverly, Mass.) contributed a game-high 13 rebounds to go with his 17 points, making 6-of-10 from the field.

The Panthers got a pair of strong performances from sophomore Frankie Finklea (Dorchester, Mass.) and senior Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.). Finklea scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Blackburn contributed 20 points and eight boards. Sophomore Ryan Chicoine (Gorham, Maine) and freshman Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) added eight points apiece.

PSC continues its homestand Thursday (Jan. 24) with a non-conference game at Foley Gymnasium against Castleton State (7:30 p.m.). The Owls return home to host Southern Vermont Thursday in a non-conference affair (7:30 p.m.).