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January 6, 2007

PSU Men’s Hoop drops Little East game at UMass Dartmouth

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Plymouth State University's men's basketball team held a two-point lead at halftime, but shot 20 percent after the break and scored only 16 points in a 64-51 Little East Conference loss to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday afternoon at the Tripp Athletic Center.

PSU shot 54 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes en route to a 35-33 advantage at intermission. The team went cold in the second half, making just 5-of-25 attempts. The Panthers went nearly 10 minutes with a field goal, converting just two free throws in that span.

Junior Chris Wilkinson (Newmarket, N.H.) led the Panther effort, finishing with a team-high 15 points and eight rebounds, making 7-of-10 from the floor. Senior Devin Ruocco (Dover, N.H.) was the only other Panther to reach double figures in scoring, ending up with 11 points.

Freshman Tyler Turtoro (Shelton, Conn.) led all scorers with 17 points off the UMD bench. Freshman Jeff Macchi (Franklin, Mass.) added 14 points for the winners, and senior Paul Pawlowski (Taunton, Mass.) chipped in with 10.

Plymouth State returns home to host UMaine Farmington on Sunday in a non-conference affair at Foley Gymnasium (3:00 p.m.) UMD visits Eastern Connecticut for an LEC contest on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.)

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