BABSON PARK, Mass. - Junior Anthony Oglesby (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Saturday afternoon, leading Plymouth State University to an 87-77 victory over host Babson College in the championship game of the 2003 Babson Invitational Men's Basketball Tournament presented by Irving Oil.
It was the second double-double in as many days for Oglesby, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. He had 12 points and 11 rebounds in Friday night's first-round win over Mount Ida.
Plymouth State got a team-high 20 points and seven assists from junior guard Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine), who joined Oglesby on the All-Tournament Team. Senior guard Mike Loughlin (Manchester, N.H./West) also contributed 18 points, hitting four baskets from three-point range, and freshman Andreas Pope (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 15 points and eight rebounds off the Panther bench, hitting all five of his field goal attempts.
The Panthers jumped out to a 20-8 lead in the first eight minutes, thanks to six early points from Pope, and held a 39-33 advantage at halftime. Babson took its only lead of the game with 13 minutes remaining in the second half, but PSU responded with a 13-4 run, capped by five straight points from Pelotte, to take a 68-58 lead with seven minutes to play, and the Beavers could get no closer the rest of the way.
Senior Jeff Hines (Waltham, Mass.) scored 20 points to lead Babson, while juniors Phil Rife (Newton, Mass.) and CJ Enere (Hyde Park, Mass.) added 14 points apiece. Senior Luke Weber (Highland Mills, N.Y.) recorded 10 points and seven boards as Weber and Hines earned All-Tournament recognition.
PSU earned a little revenge from two years ago, when Babson defeated the Panthers in the season-opening tournament's title game, 82-73.
Plymouth State, 2-0, makes its 2003-04 home debut this Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. non-conference affair at Foley Gymnasium against Castleton State.
(Courtesy of Babson Sports Information)