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Panthers drop LEC favorites

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Sophomore Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) scored a game-high 28 points Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State College knocked off the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 84-79, in the Little East Conference men's basketball opener for both schools.

The victory improves PSC to 5-1 on the season, while UMD, the LEC pre-season favorite, drops to 3-2 overall. The outcome also snaps PSC's losing streak to UMD, which had reached eight games since the Panthers swept both contests in 1998-99. The Corsairs took three games vs. PSC last year.

Pelotte hit 8-of-15 attempts from the field and 9-of-10 from the free throw line, while adding four assists and two steals. It was the fourth time in six games that Pelotte has led the Panthers in scoring with at least 28 points. Sophomore Anthony Oglesby (Brooklyn, N.Y.) also contributed to the victory with 17 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

PSC jumped out to a first-half lead and maintained a 45-37 advantage at the break. The Panthers held on to the lead in the second half, preventing the Corsairs from getting back into the game. The visitors shot 54.5 percent from the field, while UMD converted only 42.4 percent of its shots.

While only two Panthers reached double figures in scoring, five Corsairs scored at least 10 points - Jeff Hambley with 15, Sean Walsh and Jason Wiggins with 14 apiece, and Mike Lapriore and Tim Gaspar each with 11.

PSC gets back into action Monday (Dec. 9) with a non-conference tilt at Tufts (7:00 p.m.).