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More Little East Conference honors for PSU Basketball players

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University's men's basketball players continue to be recognized by the Little East Conference as the Panthers head into the final week of the regular season.

Junior guard Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) was selected LEC Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week, and freshman forward Andreas Pope (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was named LEC Rookie of the Week. Pelotte earned the top LEC weekly honor for the second time this season and the sixth time in his career, while Pope captured the top rookie accolade for the second straight week and third time this season.

A 5'10" guard, Pelotte averaged 21.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists to lead Plymouth State to a pair of key conference road wins last week. He connected on 4-of-8 three pointers, and scored a game-high 25 points in just 23 minutes to lead PSU to a stunning 98-67 triumph at Keene State and hand the Owls their first loss in conference play. Pelotte also contributed 17 points, six assists and five boards in Saturday's 97-69 win at UMass Boston.

The defending LEC Co-Player of the Year, Pelotte is having another outstanding season. He leads the conference in scoring (18.1 ppg), ranks third in assists (3.9 apg), eighth in 3-point field goals made (1.87/game) and ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (.384).

 

A 6'1" forward, Pope averaged 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds as PSU won two key LEC road games by an average of 29.5 points. He scored 20 points in 17 minutes in the 31-point win at Keene State, converting 8-of-10 from the floor to go along with seven rebounds and five assists, and he contributed 12 points and six rebounds in the lopsided win at UMass Boston.

Pope is one of the leading candidates for LEC Rookie of the Year. He leads the Little East in field goal percentage (.625) and ranks sixth in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and seventh in blocked shots (0.9 bpg). Pope is fourth on the team in scoring (11.1 ppg), logging 18 minutes a game off the bench.

Plymouth State, 19-4 overall and alone in second place in the conference with a 9-3 mark, wraps up the regular season this week with a pair of home games - Tuesday against Southern Maine and Saturday vs. Western Connecticut. PSU can still finish anywhere from first to fourth, but will likely remain in second and host a first round LEC Tournament game next Tuesday (Feb. 24) at Foley Gymnasium.

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