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January 24, 2002

Balanced scoring leads PSC past Castleton

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College used a balanced scoring attack Thursday evening at Foley Gymnasium to register a 90-72 non-conference men's basketball victory over Castleton State College.

The win puts PSC back on the winning track after a pair of tough Little East Conference losses. The Panthers improve to 10-7 overall, while the Spartans drop to 6-11.

Plymouth State led from wire to wire, jumping out to a double-digit lead in the first five minutes and extending it to 20 points (37-17) midway through the first half. After holding a 14-point margin (49-35) at the break, PSC never let the lead get below 10 points in the second half, and won going away.

Senior Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.) led a group of six Panthers who scored in double figures, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Kenny Stewart (Londonderry, N.H.) contributed 17 points and sophomore Frankie Finklea (Dorchester, Mass.) added 14 points and nine boards. Junior Donnelle Combs (Mitchellville, Md.) and sophomore Mike Loughlin (Manchester, N.H.) chipped in with 11 points apiece, with Combs collecting nine rebounds, and freshman Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) finished with 10 points.

The Spartans were led by junior Jeff Weld (Windsor, Vt.), who scored a game-high 20 points. Sophomore Joel Leichtnam (Rutland, Vt.) added 16 points and classmate Dan Bevis (Athol, Mass.) finished with 11.

The Panthers return to conference action Saturday, continuing a four-game homestand with a 3:00 pm. Contest against Eastern Connecticut.

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