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February 7, 2005

Pelotte named Little East Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

 PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The leading scorer on the Plymouth State University men's basketball team has been named Little East Conference Player of the Week for the fourth time this season.

            Senior guard Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) received the LEC's top weekly honor on Monday for his efforts in three Panther victories last week.  He has also been on the LEC Weekly Honor Roll two times this season, and was the ECAC New England Player of the Week twice this season as well.

A 5'10" guard, Pelotte continues to scorch the statistics as he averaged 27.3 points, 6.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds in the Panthers' 3-0 week. He led PSU in scoring all three games, pouring in 20 or more points in each of the victories. He scored 22 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out eight assists in an 88-72 win over Bowdoin, then contributed 26 points and six assists in a 97-72 win over Johnson & Wales. Pelotte saved his best for last as he tallied 34 points and six assists in a 96-86 win over LEC foe Eastern Connecticut. For the week, Pelotte shot 52.3% from the field and 44.4% from three-point land.

A two-time All-LEC First Team selection, Pelotte leads the conference in scoring (25.5 ppg) and ranks third in assists (4.1 apg) and fifth in made three-point field goals (2.0 per game). He is 169 points shy of becoming the third player in school history to reach 2,000 career points.

 

            Pelotte has led the Panthers to five straight victories, a 16-5 overall record and the #6 ranking in the NCAA Northeast Region poll.  The Panthers are also tied for first in the LEC with Western Connecticut, both teams at 8-2 in conference play.  PSU plays its final regular season home games this week - Tuesday against archrival Keene State (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday vs. UMass Boston (3:00 p.m.)

            Tuesday's doubleheader against Keene State (women at 5:30 p.m., men at 7:30 p.m.) is the annual Spirit Night at Foley Gymnasium.  Several contests will be held, and students and fans are encouraged come as groups and to show their support by wearing green and white.

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