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Panthers fall at Keene State

KEENE, N.H. – Playing in his final home regular season game, senior Dave Stantial (Beverly, Mass.) had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Chris Timson (Beverly, Mass.) added 19 points and 10 boards to lead the Keene State College men's basketball team to an 83-64 Little East Conference victory over rival Plymouth State College Tuesday night before a sold out (2,100) crowd at Spaulding Gym.

Ranked second in the Northeast Region, Keene State improves to 21-2 (12-1 LEC) while Plymouth State (14-9, 7-6 LEC) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.

Leading 38-27 at half-time, KSC withstood a mild run that got the Panthers to within eight (53-45) at the 10:43 mark, before pulling away. Stantial connected on back-to-back three-pointers and Jason Levecque (Westbrook, Me.) hit a driving lay-up that put the Owls up 65-46 with just under eight minutes to play. Bennett Pawlusiak (Bedford, NH) had a fine overall game for KSC finishing with eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Frankie Finklea (Dorchester, Mass.) had a game-high 21 points for PSC, and senior Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.) finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.

Sophomore Mike Loughlin (Manchester, N.H.) was the only other Panther to score in double figures, finishing with 11 points.

KSC swept both games from PSC this season. The Owls defeated the Panthers 90-77 earlier in the year in Plymouth. Keene State, which has clinched the LEC regular season title along with a first-round bye and home-court advantage throughout the conference tournament, completes its regular-season on the road at UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday (3 p.m.).

PSC, which is battling Eastern Connecticut for fourth place in the LEC and the final home court berth in next Tuesday's opening round, wraps up its regular season at home Saturday against Rhode Island College (3 p.m.)

(Courtesy Keene State Sports Information)