PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University will take a 7-0 record into Sunday's match-up against rival Keene State College at the New Hampshire Hoops Classic at Manchester's Verizon Wireless Arena (1:00 p.m.).
The Panthers won their seventh in a row to start the season Saturday at Foley Gymnasium with a solid 87-70 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the Little East Conference openers for both schools. It is the best start for Plymouth State in two decades, while the Corsairs drop to 4-2 overall.
PSU, which has scored at least 87 points in all seven outings this season, used a balanced scoring attack to knock off the Corsairs, with five players hitting in double figures. Junior guard Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine), the LEC's leading scorer, finished with 19 points and five assists, while junior Anthony Oglesby (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, his third double-double of the season.
Sophomore Kevin Boutiler (North Andover, Mass.) contributed 12 points in his first start of the season, and freshman Andreas Pope (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 12 points and nine boards in 17 minutes off the Panther bench. Senior J.J. Truman (Enfield, N.H.) finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Junior Jim Campbell (Marlboro, Mass.) was the top scorer for the Corsairs, finishing with 17 points. Senior Manny Monteiro (Swansea, Mass.) scored 16 points, while sophomore Steve Hashim (Somerset, Mass.) and freshman Paul Pawlowski (Taunton, Mass.) added 13 and 11 points, respectively.
UMD maintained a small lead for the first 10 minutes of the game, but PSU outscored the visitors 23-8 over the last nine minutes to take a 41-26 lead at halftime. The Panthers held a double-digit advantage throughout the second half, leading by as much as 24 points (69-45) before settling for the 17-point victory.
UMass is back in action the first week of January at the Whittier Tournament in California.