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PSU Men’s Basketball nips UMass Dartmouth in LEC battle

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University survived a strong second-half comeback Saturday afternoon, holding off the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 59-58, in a Little East Conference men's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

The Corsairs battled back from a 17-point second-half deficit, outscoring the hosts 31-15 over the final 16 minutes of the contest. UMD cut the margin to one point in the final minute, and had a chance for the winning basket, but a runner in the lane rattled around the rim and fell out as the final buzzer sounded.

The 59 points for PSU is the lowest output in a victory since the Panthers defeated Southern Maine, 57-53, in Gorham, Maine, on Jan. 23, 2001.

Senior Kevin Boutilier (North Andover, Mass.) led the hosts, scoring 17 points and collecting six rebounds. Junior Mike Walcek (Dover, N.H.) chipped in with 13 points, and sophomore Phil Bourassa (Old Orchard Beach, Maine) added 10 points.

The Corsairs got 17 points from junior Stephane Abelard (Brockton, Mass.) and 14 points and 13 rebounds from junior Dan Holbrook (Lexington, Mass.) Holbrook helped UMD outrebound the Panthers, 40-28.

Plymouth State led nearly the entire way. PSU used a nine-point run to take a 15-6 lead seven minutes into the game, and maintained the lead the rest of the half, holding a 39-27 margin at the break. The Corsairs used strong defense in the second half, holding PSU to a 33 percent shooting clip after the break, but their rally few just short.

PSU, 9-2 overall and 2-1 in the LEC, is right back into action Sunday with a non-conference contest at Bowdoin (3:00 p.m.) UMD, 7-5 overall and 1-2 in conference play, returns home to host Eastern Connecticut in an LEC game on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.)

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