PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University men's basketball team jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first five minutes of the game and never looked back Thursday evening, running away to a 74-60 triumph over Lyndon State College in non-conference men's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.
Seniors Eric Hondal (Miami, Fla.) and Bryan Tracy (Manchester, N.H./Central) combined to hit three three-pointers as PSU rattled off 11 straight points early on to take a 13-2 advantage. The Panthers had the lead up over 20 points (30-9) with 6:36 on the first-half clock before winding up the half with a 42-21 margin.
PSU maintained the 20-point margin most of the second half. Lyndon State got the deficit down to 13 points late in the game before the clock ran out with the home team up by 14.
Hondal and Tracy each made three treys in the game and finished with 12 points apiece. Classmate Bill Stowell (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) also scored 12 points for the Panthers, making every shot he took (four from the floor and four from the free throw line), while senior Mike Chergey (Bow, N.H.) and junior Tom Dowd (Portsmouth, N.H.) scored 10 points each.
Lyndon State also had a balanced scoring attack, as sophomore Jose Fortunato (Boston, Mass./Melrose) and freshman Avery King (Pawtucket, R.I.) finished with 12 points apiece, junior Mike Norcross (Woodsville, N.H.) added 11, and freshman Jason Gray (East Thetford, Vt.) chipped in with 10.
Plymouth State's final game of the semester is set for this Saturday against Eastern Connecticut State University in a key Little East Conference match-up at Foley Gymnasium (3:00 p.m.). Lyndon State returns home to host New England College Saturday in a non-conference clash at Stannard Gymnasium (2:00 p.m.)
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