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February 13, 2010

Seniors lead PSU Men’s Hoop past UMass Boston

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            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Seniors Bryan Tracy (Manchester, N.H./Central) and Mike Chergey (Bow, N.H.) scored 19 points apiece Saturday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a 79-58 victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston in Little East Conference men's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.

            Tracy reached his season-high with 19 points, making 6-of-10 field goal attempts and sharing team-high honors with eight rebounds, while Chergey made 7-of-10 shots, including a career-best five three-point field goals.  Classmate Jason O'Keefe (Everett, Mass.) chipped in with 14 points as the Panthers won for the fourth time in their last five outings.  Fellow seniors Eric Hondal (Miami, Fla.) and Bill Stowell (Exeter, N.H.) also celebrated "Senior Day" as Hondal contributed seven points and five assists and Stowell collected three points and eight boards.

            PSU improved to 15-8 overall and 7-5 in the LEC, while UMB fell to 4-19 and 2-10.  The Panthers are tied with Western Connecticut for fourth place in the conference with two games to play.

            Junior Pat Joseph (Queens, N.Y.) turned in a solid performance for the Beacons, scoring a team-high 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting.  Sophomore Michael Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) was the next highest UMB scorer with eight points.

            It was a close game the first 15 minutes, with neither team leading by more than four points.  PSU went on a 16-6 run late in the half to open up a nine-point margin, and it was a seven-point Panther advantage at the break, 41-34.

            PSU opened the second half with a 16-2 burst to take a commanding 21-point lead, and the Beacons didn't challenge the rest of the way.  The Panthers shot 55 percent for the game while holding UMB to a 43 percent clip, and the home team won the battle of the glass, 37-27.

            Both teams wrap up the regular season next week with a pair of LEC games.  PSU travels to Keene State on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.) and Rhode Island College on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) while UMB hosts Southern Maine on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.) before traveling to Western Connecticut next Saturday (3:00 p.m.) 

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