CONCORD, N.H. - Junior David Rosso (Wilmington, Vt.) and freshman Will Bardaglio (Wayne, Maine) combined to score 40 points Tuesday evening as Colby-Sawyer College defeated Plymouth State University, 87-83, in the second game of the ninth annual Jacob's Bridge Through Autism Men's Basketball Classic, hosted by New Hampshire Technical Institute at the Crocker Wellness Center.
The Panthers gave up a good fight, but the Chargers pulled away late in the second half. After a back-and-forth game for 30 minutes, the game was tied 64-all with nine minutes to play, but Plymouth State never led again. PSU was within three points (75-72) with just under four minutes remaining, but the Chargers held off any Panther rallies. Colby-Sawyer improves to 3-2, while Plymouth State falls to 2-3.
Rosso finished with a game-high 21 points for the Chargers and Bardaglio added 19, including three three-points hoops. Seniors Duncan Szeliga (Newmarket, N.H.) and Matt Lemieux (Manchester, N.H.) were also factors, as Szekiga hit 6-of-8 shots and finished with 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds, and Lemieux made 5-of-6 shots and added seven assists to his 13 points.
The Panthers (2-3) had five players score in double figures. Senior Ben Huntington (Hampstead, N.H.) ended up with a team-high 17 points on 4-of-11 shooting and 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Sophomore Tom Dowd (Portsmouth, N.H.) added 14 points by making 5-of-7 shots, sophomore Ryan Lambert (Derry, N.H.) added 12 points, and juniors Jason O'Keefe (Everett, Mass.) and Mike Chergey (Bow, N.H.) chipped in with 11 apiece. Huntington and Lambert shared team-high rebounding honors with six apiece as PSU had a 33-24 advantage on the boards.
Plymouth State is back on the court Thursday with a visit to Tufts University for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. The Chargers return to action this weekend with two games at the Norwich tournament beginning on Saturday with an 8:00 p.m. game against Worcester State.
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