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January 31, 2009

PSU Men’s Basketball drops LEC game at WestConn

(Game Box)

              DANBURY, Conn. - Freshman Gary Robinson (Torrington, Conn.) and senior Dashon Jennings (Bridgeport, Conn.) combined to score 43 points Saturday afternoon to lead the Western Connecticut State University men's basketball team to a 76-68 Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State University at Feldman Arena.

              WestConn evened the season series between the two schools at one game apiece, as each team won on their home court.  The Colonials are now in fifth place in the LEC at 9-8 overall and 4-5 in conference play.  The Panthers continues their trend of alternating wins and losses, something they have done the past nine games.  PSU is now in fourth place at 8-11 overall and 5-4 in league games.

              Robinson contributed a game-high 22 points for WestConn on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor, while Jennings added 21 markers and converted 8-of-12 attempts from the free-throw line.  Jennings is closing in on the coveted 1,000 point plateau with 956 points in 91 career games.

              Junior Jason O'Keefe (Everett, Mass.) led the Panthers with 22 points, and junior Mike Chergey (Bow, N.H.) and senior Ben Huntington (Hampstead, N.H.) added 13 and 10 points, respectively.

              The Colonials thought the game was well out of reach of the Panthers with 5:29 remaining.  Freshman Daquan Brooks (Bristol, Conn.) just canned a long three-pointer to give WestConn an 18-point advantage, 65-47.  Someone forgot to tell the visitors to throw in the white towel.

              PSU scored 19 of the games next 24 points and drew within four points, 70-66 on a three-pointer by O'Keefe with 1:03 remaining in the contest.  During that stretch, WestConn could not take advantage of 12 trips to the free-throw line as it missed nine of the tries.  The Colonials converted just 15 of 38 attempts from the "not-so" charity stripe for the day.

              A lay in by Robinson 14 seconds later ended the Colonials' drought and built their lead back up to six points, 72-66.  The Colonials avenged a 91-76 loss to the Panthers on Dec. 13 in the Granite State.

              WestConn travels to Southern Vermont for a non-league meeting on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.).  PSU returns home to host Lyndon State on Thursday in the annual Spirit Night contest at Foley Gymnasium (7:30 p.m.) 

(Courtesy of WestConn Sports Information) 

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