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January 7, 2007

Hanlon leads PSU Men’s Basketball past UMaine Farmington

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Sean Hanlon (Hampstead, N.H./Central Catholic) recorded career highs with 22 points and eight rebounds Sunday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University men's basketball team to an 87-64 victory over the University of Maine Farmington in a non-conference men's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

Hanlon, a reserve center whose previous high was seven points, made 6-of-10 field goal attempts and converted 10-of-15 free throw tries. He also collected seven of his eight boards on the offensive end of the court, doing all of his work in 22 minutes.

PSU took the lead three minutes into the contest and never looked back. It was a double-digit Panther lead (16-5) just six minutes in, and the home team went up by 20 points (37-17) with seven minutes left in the first half. UMF got as close as 10 points before the teams went to the locker room with PSU leading 53-38.

The Panthers got the margin back up to 20 points early in the second half and UMF didn't threaten the rest of the way. All 12 PSU players in uniform played at least nine minutes, with 11 of the 12 getting into the scoring column.

Hanlon was one of four Panthers to score in double figures. Senior Devin Ruocco (Dover, N.H.) made three three-pointers and finished with 14 points, while freshmen Mike Chergey (Bow, N.H.) and Jason O'Keefe (Everett, Mass.) tossed in 10 points apiece.

Freshman Eric Lelansky (Portland, Maine) led the visitors with 19 points after making 5-of-9 from beyond the three-point arc. Sophomore Ted Neil (Strong, Maine) chipped in with 14 points and junior Sean Fry (Jay, Maine) added 12.

UMF shot 51.1 percent for the game while PSU converted at a 43.5 percent clip, but the Panthers had a decisive 42-24 advantage on the boards. The home team was 24-of-31 from the free throw line while UMF was just 6-of-10.

PSU, 7-7 overall, returns to Little East Conference action Tuesday with a visit to defending champion UMass Boston (7:30 p.m.) UMF, 4-7, looks to break its four-game losing skid Friday at Elms College (8:00 pm.)

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