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February 5, 2004

Pelotte and Loughlin lead Panthers past Bridgewater State

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - Starting guards Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) and Mike Loughlin (Manchester, N.H.) combined for 44 points Thursday night to lead Plymouth State University past Bridgewater State College, 82-67, in a non-conference men's basketball game at the Adrian Tinsley Center.

The Panthers improve to 16-4 overall this season, including 10-1 in non-Little East Conference games. Bridgewater State dropped to 8-10.

Pelotte, a junior point guard, tossed in a team-high 25 points, hitting 10-of-15 shots and adding four rebounds and three assists. Loughlin, a senior captain, finished with 19 points, connecting on 6-of-8 baskets overall and 5-of-7 from three-point range, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc in the decisive second half.

Leading 41-39 at halftime, PSU turned in another strong defensive effort, holding the Bears to a 31.3 percent shooting average in the second half and 39.1 percent for the game. The Panthers, who entered the game ranked seventh in the nation in field goal percentage defense (37.7), held the hosts to 28 points in the second half while scoring 41 themselves.

In addition to the guards, the Panthers got strong play and double-digit scoring efforts from junior forward Anthony Oglesby (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and senior center Ryan Chicoine (Gorham, Maine). Oglesby registered 11 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals, while Chicoine contributed 10 points and eight boards. Junior Jay Boyle (Woburn, Mass.) chipped in with eight points off the bench.

Junior Peter Santos (Fairhaven, Mass.) was the lone bright spot for the Bears on the offensive side of the ball, registering 25 points, connecting on 5-of-9 shooting from three-point range. Senior point guard Ryan Anderson (North Easton, MA) tallied eight assists and six steals in the losing effort.

Both teams return to conference action on Saturday at 3:00 p.m., Plymouth State hosting Eastern Connecticut in a key Little East battle and Bridgewater State traveling to Framingham State for a MASCAC encounter.

(Courtesy of Bridgewater State Sports Information)

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