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Pelotte and Blackburn earn LEC Honors

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two key members of the Plymouth State College men’s basketball team have again been honored by the Little East Conference, this time for their performances in guiding the Panthers to a 3-0 record last week.

Freshman Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) was selected LEC Rookie of the Week, and senior Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.) was named to the LEC Weekly Honor Roll. It is the third time this season that Pelotte has received the conference’s top rookie honor, while Blackburn has become a regular on the honor roll, being named three straight weeks and four times in the last five weeks. The two were instrumental in helping PSC earn victories last week over LEC foes Southern Maine and UMass Boston as well as non-conference opponent University of New England. The Panthers have picked up momentum heading into the final week of the regular season, with wins in five of their last six outings.

A 5’10” guard, Pelotte averaged 12.7 points, 3.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds for the Panthers. He shot 60.9 percent from the field (14-of-23) and 53.8 percent from three-point range (7-of-13), including a 5-for-5 effort (4-for-4 from beyond the arc) against UMass Boston. Pelotte also hit 8-of-12 field goal tries at UNE to finish with a season-high 21 points.

A 6’5” forward, Blackburn averaged 18.3 points and 5.3 rebounds for PSC, leading the Panthers in scoring all three outings. He shot 54.3 percent from the floor (19-of-35) and 87.5 percent from the free throw line (14-of-16), while adding five assists and five blocked shots. A Second Team All-LEC pick last year, Blackburn has led PSC in scoring 10 times this season and in rebounding on nine occasions.

The Panthers, 14-8 overall, are tied with Eastern Connecticut for fourth place in the LEC, both teams at 7-5 in conference play and a game behind Western Connecticut and UMass Dartmouth, which are both 8-4. LEC regular season champion Keene State and the second place team will earn first-round byes in next week’s conference tournament, with the third and fourth-place teams hosting the sixth and fifth-place teams, respectively, next Tuesday (Feb. 19).

PSC concludes the regular season this week with two conference games – Tuesday at rival Keene State (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday at home against Rhode Island College (3:00 p.m.).

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