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PSU Men’s Basketball falls to Northwood (Fla.)

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            WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Northwood University captured its own Chuck Daly Memorial Classic Saturday, defeating Plymouth State University, 70-46, and extending its winning streak to five games.

            Freshman Patrick Horstmann was named Tournament Most Valuable Player after recording 15 points and seven rebounds to lead the Seahawks. NU shot 48 percent from the field and 44percent from the three-point line, and held PSU to just 29 percent from the field and 13 percent from the arc.

            Senior guard Jay Duncan was also named to the All-Tournament Team for the Seahawks. The Seahawks, ranked #4 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), improved to 11-1 overall.

            Senior Jason O'Keefe (Everett, Mass.) was PSU's leading scorer for the second night in a row, and was named to the All-Tournament Team.  He finished with 16 points despite making just 5-of-16 from the field and missing all five three-point attempts.  Junior Ryan Lambert (Derry, N.H.) added nine points and senior Bill Stowell (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) contributed five points while collecting a game-high nine rebounds.

            The Seahawks led wire-to-wire in the victory.  Plymouth State trailed by just four points with 11 minutes remaining in the first half, but the home team pulled away, getting a double-digit lead (23-12) with seven minutes to go, extending it to a 15-point margin (30-15) two minutes later, and going on to lead by 19 at the half, 39-20.  PSU managed to make only 8-of-29 shots in the first half, 1-of-12 from long range. The Seahawks got the lead up to 28 points in the first four minutes of the second half and PSU got no closer than 20 points the rest of the way.

            Northwood, an NAIA school from West Palm Beach, is coached by Villanova coaching legend Rollie Massimino.  Chuck Daly, for whom the tournament is named, was a friend of Coach Massimino, and served as a fan and a mentor to many Northwood students while regularly attending Seahawk basketball games.

            PSU, 6-5, returns to New England and will travel to the University of Maine Farmington Thursday for a 4:00 p.m. tip-off.  The Panthers will be home on Saturday for a key Little East Conference match-up against Western Connecticut State University (3:00 p.m.) 

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