CONCORD, N.H. - Plymouth State University outscored New England College by 34 points in the second half en route to a 103-53 victory Tuesday in the first game of the Jacob's Bridge Through Autism Men's Basketball Classic, hosted by the N.H. Institute of Technology.
Plymouth State remains undefeated on the season at 4-0, while NEC is still looking for its first win after four tries.
The event, which includes four Division III college basketball teams from the Granite State playing on one night under one roof, also raises awareness for families with autism. Keene State knocked off Colby-Sawyer College in the evening's second game, 97-63.
Leading by 16 points at the half, PSU erupted in the second half and coasted home with the win. Junior guard Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) led the Panthers with 24 points in 22 minutes, hitting both of his three-point attempts. Junior Anthony Oglesby (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 19 points and seven rebounds, senior center Ryan Chicoine (Gorham, Maine) contributed a game-high 11 boards, and freshman Andreas Pope (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 13 points off the bench.
The lopsided victory allowed PSU to empty the bench, as 17 players saw action.
Senior Pete Nelson led the Pilgrims with 13 points, while freshman forwards Eric Sliney and Kevin McLaughlin added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Plymouth State returns home to host Salem State Thursday at Foley Gymnasium (7:30 p.m.). NEC gets right back into action Wednesday at Hampshire College (6:00 p.m.).
(Courtesy of N.H. Technical Institute)