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Panther Men’s Hoop keeps rolling along

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Kevin Boutilier (North Andover, Mass.) scored a season-high 16 points off the bench Thursday night as Plymouth State University kept rolling along, posting an 84-60 non-conference victory over Saint Joseph's College in a men's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

The victory was PSU's fifth in a row and improved the Panthers to 12-1 on the season, while the loss drops Saint Joe's to 5-11 overall.

Plymouth State took control of the game midway through the first half, and maintained command the rest of the way. PSU rattled off 12 straight points to turn an 11-10 deficit into a 22-11 advantage. The hosts had the lead as high as 16 points in the opening frame (36-20) before settling for a 36-24 halftime advantage.

PSU kept its double-digit lead most of the second half, pulling away as the clock wound down. It was a 20-point margin (68-47) with six minutes to play, and the Monks never challenged the rest of the way.

Boutilier, whose 16 points matched the second-highest output of his career, also grabbed six rebounds in his 20 minutes. All five Panther starters reached double figures in either scoring or rebounding --- junior Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) scored 12 points, seniors J.J. Truman (Enfield, N.H.) and Mike Loughlin (Manchester, N.H./West) contributed 11 points apiece, junior Anthony Oglesby (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added nine points and a season-high 16 rebounds, and senior Ryan Chicoine (Gorham, Maine) chipped in with eight points and 10 boards.

Sophomore Mike Stallings (Waterbury, Conn.) led the Monks with 16 points, while junior Steve Monteiro (Ipswich, Mass.) scored 14 points and sophomore Noah LaRoche (Exeter, N.Y.) added 10.

Plymouth State shot 44 percent from the field, while SJC connected at a 35.6 percent clip. The Panthers dominated the boards, outrebounding the Monks 59-31.

PSU is back in action Saturday with a key Little East Conference match-up at defending champion Western Connecticut (3:00 p.m.). Saint Joseph's is idle for a week until hosting the University of New England next Thursday (7:30 p.m.).

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