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Salem State hands Panthers first loss

SALEM, Mass. - Plymouth State College overcame a 14-point second half deficit to tie the game in the final minute Thursday night, but Salem State College broke the tie with 20 seconds remaining and held on for a 73-71 victory in a non-conference men's basketball game.

The Panthers trailed 47-33 at intermission, but rallied in the second half and pulled even at 71-all with less than 30 seconds remaining. But it was the Vikings who eked out the home victory, scoring the final two points with seven seconds left.

The outcome marked PSC's first loss of the season, dropping the Panthers to 4-1. Perennial New England power Salem State improved to 3-0.

Sophomore Anthony Oglesby (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Panthers with 21 points, while freshman Kevin Boutilier (North Andover, Mass.) added 14 points and sophomore J.J. Truman chipped in with 10.

The Panthers make their Little East Conference debut Saturday with a 3:00 p.m. tip-off at UMass Dartmouth.