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January 2, 2005

PSU Men’s Basketball rallies to defeat Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.

- The Plymouth State University men's basketball scored the final 12 points of the game Sunday afternoon, holding Middlebury College scoreless over the final 6:41, and the visitors pulled out a 67-57 non-conference victory in a battle of teams nicknamed Panthers, the first ever between the two schools.

              PSU senior Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) led all players with 24 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, hitting 10-of-25 from the field.  He connected on 8-of-14 for 19 points in the second half as PSU rallied from behind.  Sophomore Andreas Pope (Brooklyn, N.Y.) also contributed to the Panther win, dropping in 14 points (on 7-of-10 shooting) and grabbing nine boards.  Junior Kevin Boutilier (North Andover, Mass.) chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds.

              Middlebury led by as many as eight in the first half before settling for a 31-25 advantage at the intermission.  The hosts had another eight-point margin in the second half, and led 57-55 with six and a half minutes remaining, but never scored again.

              PSU held Middlebury to a 37.9 shooting percentage in the game while outrebounding the hosts by a whopping 57-28 total.  Plymouth State was 11-of-20 from the free throw line, while Middlebury was just 2-of-5.

              Mike Salek led Middlebury with 15 points off the bench, while Adam Sinoway added 10 points and junior Simon Behan finished withed with 11 assists.  Middlebury fell to 4-5.

              PSU, which extended its winning streak to four games, improves to 6-3 overall.  The Panthers will enjoy three home games this week, hosting Bates on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.), Bowdoin on Thursday (6:00 p.m.), and Little East Conference foe Eastern Connecticut on Saturday (3:00 p.m.)

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