Panthers edge UMB with late rally
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Matt Budrow (Round Pond, Maine) drained a pair of free throws with 0.6 seconds on the clock Tuesday night, giving Plymouth State College a thrilling 82-81 victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston in a Little East Conference men's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
The free throws capped an impressive comeback for the Panthers, who trailed nearly the entire second half. The one-point decision was only PSC's second lead in the second half, and the first since the Panthers held a 60-59 advantage with 11:20 on the clock.
UMB led by six points (79-73) with a minute to play, and had a one-point lead (81-80) with eight seconds to go and sophomore Eric Summerville (Little Rock, AR) at the free throw line. But Summerville missed both free throws, and Budrow was fouled in the lane with less than a second to go, setting up the game-winning shots.
The outcome gives PSC a 10-3 overall record and a 3-1 LEC mark, while UMB drops to 6-7 and 1-3.
The dramatic victory overshadowed an outstanding game by PSC's Anthony Oglesby (Brooklyn, N.Y.). The sophomore forward scored a season-high 25 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, including 10 off the offensive glass. He had 15 points and 10 boards in the first half alone despite the Panthers trailing 47-40 at the break.
Oglesby was one of five Panthers to score in double figures. Sophomore Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) contributed 15 points, Budrow added 11 off the Panther bench, and senior Kenny Stewart (Londonderry, N.H.) and freshman Kevin Boutilier (North Andover, Mass.) chipped in with 10 points apiece.
The Beacons also had five players score in double figures. Summerville finished with a team-high 14 points, junior Lester Robinson (Roxbury, Mass.) scored 13, senior Paul Kemp (Cambridge, Mass.) added 12, and sophomores Roderic Joseph (Dorchester, Mass.) and Roger Perry (Roxbury, Mass.) each contributed 11 points.
PSC is back in action Saturday with an LEC contest at Rhode Island College (3:00 p.m.).