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February 9, 2002

PSC routs UMass Boston

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Five Plymouth State College players scored in double figures Saturday, leading the Panthers to an 89-68 rout of the University of Massachusetts Boston in a Little East Conference men's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

Plymouth State built a double-digit lead (21-10) just nine minutes into the game and never looked back. PSC outscored the Beacons 27-1 over an eight-minute span in the first half to take a 28-point advantage (39-11), and UMB never got closer than 20 points the rest of the way.

The win completes a 3-0 week for the Panthers, improving them to 14-8 overall and 7-5 in the conference. UMB, which shot only 29 percent for the game and was outrebounded 53-35, drops to 8-15 and 3-9.

The Panthers were led in scoring by senior Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.), who registered 17 points and six rebounds. Freshman Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) hit all five of his shots, including four from three-point range, to finish with 14 points off the Panther bench. Sophomore Mike Loughlin (Manchester, N.H.) chipped in with 13 points, junior Donnelle Combs (Mitchellville, Md.) added a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards, and sophomore Frankie Finklea (Dorchester, Mass.) tossed in 11 points, including two on a crowd-pleasing alley-oop dunk in the second half.

UMass Boston had just two players score in double figures - sophomore Lester Robinson (Roxbury, Mass.) with 19 points and freshman Billy Allen (South Boston, Mass.) with 10.

Plymouth State wraps up the regular season this week with a pair of LEC contests - Tuesday at league-leading Keene State (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday at home against Rhode Island College (3:00 p.m.).

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