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February 16, 2008

PSU Men’s Basketball downs UMass Boston

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Bryan Tracy (Manchester, N.H./Central) scored a career-high 24 points and senior Chris Wilkinson (Newmarket, N.H.) posted his third double-double in the last five games Saturday afternoon, lifting Plymouth State University past the University of Massachusetts Boston in a Little East Conference men's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

            Tracy had a strong shooting afternoon, making 9-of-15 shots from the floor and 6-of-9 from three-point range.  Wilkinson converted 5-of-9 from the field and finished with 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.  Senior guard Phil Bourassa (Old Orchard Beach, Maine) completed his final home game with a career-high 12 assists.

            Sophomore Anthony Matlock (Seattle, Wash.) led the Beacons with 15 points off the bench, while classmates Terrell Maddox (Hyannis, Mass.) and Aaron Jones (Boston, Mass.) finished with 10 points apiece.

            PSU led wire to wire and pulled away from the Beacons midway through the first half.  It was a 15-8 Panther lead midway through the frame when PSU went on a 12-2 burst to extend its lead to 17 points.  The home team led by was many as 20 points before settling for a 17-point margin at the intermission (41-24).  Tracy was 5-of-7 from three-point range to finish the first half with 17 points.

            The Panthers maintained the sizeable lead throughout the second half, as UMB got no closer than 15 points.

            PSU shot 45.5 percent from the field while holding the Beacons to a 33 percent clip.  The Panthers had a 44-33 advantage on the boards.

            Plymouth State, 7-16 overall and 3-9 in the LEC, wraps up the regular season next week with a pair of road games, beginning Tuesday at Southern Maine (7:30 p.m.)  UMB, 2-21 overall and 1-11 in the Little East, plays its final two at home, beginning Tuesday vs. UMass Dartmouth (7:30 p.m.)

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