BRUNSWICK, Maine - Plymouth State University rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit with a 26-6 burst Thursday evening, and went on to claim a 72-60 non-conference men's basketball win over host Bowdoin College.
The Panthers improve to 9-1 this year, while the Polar Bears drop to 6-4. Senior guard Mike Loughlin (Manchester, N.H./West) led PSU with a season-high 19 points, hitting five three-point baskets, while junior guard Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) added 14 points on the night and surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career.
After a strong first half, the Polar Bears entered the second half leading 31-24 and extended the advantage to 40-30 with 15:40 remaining. The Panthers countered, keyed by a pair of Loughlin three-pointers, and ripped off a 14-2 run over the next 4:18 to claim the lead at 44-42. Bowdoin would deadlock the game on a Kyle Petrie basket on the next possession, but Plymouth then rolled off another run, this time a 12-2 streak, to take a 56-46 edge with just 7:30 to play.
The Polar Bears cut the lead to four points with 5:30 left, but Plymouth would not break as Loughlin hit another timely three-pointer to extend the advantage to seven and essentially clinch the win.
For the Panthers, Loughlin was lights-out, hitting five-of-nine from three-point range. Junior Anthony Oglesby (Brooklyn, N.Y.) contributed 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, and senior Ryan Chicoine (Gorham, Maine) added eight points and 13 boards.
Pelotte's record-setting basket came on a free-throw with 12:20 left in the second half. Pelotte becomes the 19th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau, and just the third to accomplish the feat by his junior year.
Bowdoin was led by double-doubles from Petrie (16 points, 14 boards) and Mark Yakavonis (12 points, 16 rebounds). T.J. McLeod added 18 for the Polar Bears.
PSU resumes Little East Conference action Saturday with a 3:00 p.m. match-up at Eastern Connecticut State University.
(Courtesy of Bowdoin Sports Information)