- Senior Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) scored a game-high 28 points Tuesday night to lead Plymouth State University to a 81-71 Little East Conference men's basketball victory over rival Keene State College at Spaulding Gym.
The Panthers, winners of nine of their last 10, move back into first place in the LEC after suffering their first LEC loss last Saturday against Western Conn. Keene State, which has dropped three straight LEC games, falls to 7-7 (2-4 LEC).
Junior Kevin Boutilier (No. Andover, Mass.) added 16 points and 12 rebounds in the Panther victory, and sophomore Andreas Pope (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had a fine overall game with 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Freshman Erk Schlacter (Marlborough, Mass.) led the hosts with 14 points while and junior Sean Sullivan (Athol, Mass.) and freshman Matt Hickey (Mahopac, N.Y.) each finished with 12 points.
Plymouth State outscored KSC 8-3 over the final two minutes of the first half to take a 39-34 lead in a stanza that featured eight lead changes. Pelotte had 15 first half points for the Panthers.
KSC was held scoreless over the first four minutes of the second half as PSU extended its lead to 11 points (45-34). A basket and a free throw by Pope pushed the Panther advantage up to 18 points (64-46) at the 11:44 mark. The Owls never threatened PSU's lead the rest of the way.
Keene State will be back in action Saturday at UMass Dartmouth while the Panthers visit Rhode Island College. The Anchormen (10-5, 4-2) were tied for first with PSU until suffering a 73-71 loss to UMass Dartmouth Tuesday night.
The PSU-RIC game on Saturday will be broadcast on the Anchormen website. For more information, click on http://www.ric.edu/athletics/index.html.
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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