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PSU Men’s Basketball tops Lyndon State

              LYNDONVILLE, Vt. - Junior guard Ben Huntington (Hampstead, N.H.) matched his season-high with 27 points Thursday night as Plymouth State University downed Lyndon State College, 101-69, in non-conference men's basketball action at Stannard Gymnasium.

              Senior Chris Wilkinson (Newmarket, N.H.) recorded his second straight double-double for the Panthers, adding 17 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore Mike Chergey (Bow, N.H.) and freshman Ian Dempsey (Andover, Mass.) chipped in with 10 points each.

              Sophomore Joe Visker (Essex Jct., Vt.) led LSC with 15 points, while junior Cesar Martinez (East Harlem, N.Y.) had 14 and the tandem of senior Michael Paul (New Haven, Vt.) and junior Kali Stoddard-Imari (Lyndon Center, Vt.) tallied 11 each. Senior Ryan Somers (East Montpelier, Vt.) also tossed in 10 points in the loss.

              Plymouth State stopped a five-game losing streak and moved to 5-15 overall, while the Hornets dropped their sixth in a row and fell to 6-16.

              It was a close game much of the first half, with the Hornets holding a one-point lead (28-27) with eight minutes remaining. PSU got hot and outscored Lyndon 15-2 over the next four minutes to go up by 12 points (42-30) and closed the half with a 10-4 burst to take a 52-34 advantage into the locker room.

              The second half was all Panthers, as the visitors maintained a 20-point advantage the first 10 minutes and a 30-point margin the rest of the way.

              PSU shot 51 percent from the floor for the game, and had a 51-30 advantage in the rebounding department.

              The Panthers return to Little East Conference play Saturday at Rhode Island College (3:00 p.m.), as PSU interim head coach Jay Harris returns to his alma mater for the first time.  Lyndon State will face Hesser College on the road Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

(Courtesy of Lyndon State Sports Information)

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